A note from our editors

A warm welcome to the first issue of FutuHRe Magazine, our new quarterly digital magazine focused on the Future@Work.

In this issue, we look at the future of recruiting as it becomes more technologically savvy, from both employers and candidates' viewpoint. Then, we investigate companies around the world that are renovating and reimaging their office spaces, and how Vietnamese enterprises can follow suit.

Our Country Director, Ms. Thanh Le also offers her advice to leaders looking for a smooth shift to a hybrid working model. 

Further into this issue, see how you can shorten your tech recruiting process and connect with better hires; how your body language helps display your interest and build relations in the virtual environment; and our top trends from the world of work.

Download the PDF version of FutuHRe Magazine here.

Sincerely,

Editor Team

Huong Ho

Sr. Marketing Executive

Adecco Vietnam

Tran Nguyen

Digital Marketing Executive

Adecco Vietnam


Top Story

Online Hiring & Onboarding: Human Touch Stays Fundamental in the Digital Revolution

The world keeps changing, but one thing is certain: online recruitment is here to stay, as confirmed by our 500-response survey. Though both candidates and employers prefer a blended approach of face-to-face interactions and technology, their expectations for one another vary.

Fresh
Thoughts

Ms. Trang Bui

Country Manager
Cushman & Wakefield Vietnam

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Despite the surprising levels of productivity, many businesses noted that increased remote work has created a perceived cost in long-term productivity, corporate culture, innovation and creativity.

It’s a business challenge that requires an integrated approach from real estate, human resources, finance, and technology leadership. These departments need to work cooperatively as the organization defines the brand, builds culture, develops and refines policies, and creates reputation capital.

Read on to see how offices are changing to keep up with the challenges of hybrid work.


Meet-a-reader

Adecco Vietnam - The shift to hybrid work

A conversation with Ms. Thanh Le, Country Director of Adecco Vietnam about how Adecco transitioned from an office-working model to a hybrid approach, yet still maintained tight collaboration and an uptrend in revenue last year.

Future@work trends

Companies need to manage remote work or risk burnout, WHO warns

We’re approaching the two-year anniversary of the first Covid-19 lockdowns – and the start of a new era for the world of work. Many people with desk jobs have been working remotely for almost two years, on and off, now. These workers are worn out, physically and mentally. 

Work-from-home burnout is a global phenomenon, so much so that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new warning for companies, lawmakers, and employees this month. If companies and employees don’t collectively manage remote working, a work-from-home model can create hazardous conditions, putting employees’ health at risk.

“Which way the pendulum swings depends entirely on whether governments, employers, and workers work together,” Maria Neira, director of the department of environment, climate change, and health at the WHO, said. Read more here.

How work from home affects (and imperils) work-friend prospects

Can you make new friends and forge strong bonds with new colleagues when all your communications are digital? 

Most adults are likely to make friends at work over any other place, according to Gallup research.

But with so many workplaces moving to the virtual space, one Boston Magazine piece argues that it may become even more difficult to make new friends. With remote work, gone are the days of water cooler chats or lunchtime gossip. 

"Work gives us social connections, professional friends, personal friends,” says Tsedal Neeley, a professor at the Harvard Business School. She sums it up in one word: nourishment. 

Read the full piece in Boston Magazine.

The boomerang employees return to previous employers — with new skills and new experiences

In 2018, Lien Ceulemans left Salesforce and took a new job at Google. In 2021, she returned to Salesforce, becoming a “boomerang” employee. 

“The people I used to work with reached out when a role came up,” Ceulemans told the Financial Times.

It may seem odd to return to a previous employer, but it’s more common than most people think. LinkedIn found that 4.5% of new recruits on its platform were boomeranged last year compared with 3.9% in 2019.

There are advantages to the employee, of course: you’re familiar with the workplace culture, and it can be easier to integrate with the company. 

Of course, there are also advantages for the employer: you may save money on recruitment and training costs all while increasing productivity. One Cornell study found that boomerangs outperformed new hires, especially in roles that involved “relatively high levels of administrative coordination, such as project manager and purchasing agent that encompass planning, goal setting, scheduling, and the application of organizational routines and rules.” Read more at the Financial Times.

The world’s biggest four-day work week trial has begun

Some 3,300 workers across 70 companies in the UK have begun the biggest ever trial of the 32-hour work week. All workers involved in the trial will work four days, instead of their usual five, but still, be paid their usual salary. 
At the same time, researchers in universities around the UK will monitor the effect on productivity and quality of life, with results to be announced in 2023. 
Most companies are hoping to help workers fit five days of work into four by cutting back on meetings and making meetings that do happen more efficient. 
Read more at The New York Times.

Bali is developing a new five-year, “digital nomad” visa

Good news for digital nomads looking for a long-term work destination; Bali is in the process of creating a five-year, tax-free visa for overseas, remote workers. The move comes in a bid to kick-start the Indonesian tourism industry, which has suffered due to the pandemic. 
Among the 33 countries that offer such visas, the standard is around one or two years, which would make the Bali visa the longest “digital nomad” visa in the world. 
Read more at Fortune. 


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