Navigating the Future of Work – Some Takeaways from Transform 2024

The average person will spend around four decades working, with most (if not all) of those years as part of an employer-employee relationship. LEAD3R was formed around a passion for positively impacting this dynamic by focusing on an organization’s most precious commodity: human capital.

The annual Transform conference attracts thousands of executives, entrepreneurs, and investors who are shaping the future of work in an era dominated by technological advancements. Our leadership team was on the ground, joining sessions and networking but always listening to what was on people’s minds. Below is a small snapshot of their takeaways.

Work-Life Blend

The notion of a work-life “blend” has emerged as a more fitting goal than the traditional work-life “balance.” Working remotely easily blurs the line between work and an employee’s personal life. The concept of a work-life blend allows for more fluidity and flexibility.

What could this blend look like?

  • Provide flexible schedule options that allow employees to adapt work schedules to accommodate personal commitments.
  • Adopt a results-oriented approach versus measuring time spent working that allows employees to manage their time more efficiently.
  • Allow more personalized time off policies to empower employees to balance personal and work priorities.
  • Create connected environments through technology that enable employees to remain productive when mobile.
  • Focus on employee well-being by implementing physical and mental wellness programs that encourage activities like mindfulness, exercise, stress management, etc.
  • Embrace and foster a culture of open communication where employees feel comfortable discussing their needs and priorities.
  • Establish family-friendly policies such as caretaker leave to help employees integrate family responsibilities with their work lives.
  • Provide continuous learning/professional development opportunities.
  • Encourage breaks and boundaries to allow employees to refresh; set clear expectations about logging off to support a healthy work/life separation.

Today’s leaders grapple not only with achieving this blend but with defining it and understanding how to measure impact on employee well-being and productivity, as well as the bottom line.

AI Productivity Gains and Team Dynamics

As AI continues to reshape the workplace and world at large, discussions at Transform centered around how productivity gains from AI can be effectively redeployed within teams and organizations. Questions arose about whether increased efficiency translates to a need for fewer employees, or if it means the same team can achieve more in the same amount of time.

One thing was clear — there is no future planning that does not include some integration of AI into the workplace.

Some strategies for fostering collaborative and productive teams included (but were not limited to):

  • Investing in training and education to help employees develop the skills needed to work alongside AI.  
  • Promoting transparency and open communication so employees feel safe voicing their concerns around the impact of AI on their jobs.  
  • Look to AI to augment rather than replace human intelligence which can lead to increased efficiency and productivity.  
  • Work toward an environment of cross-functional teamwork, knowledge sharing, and collective problem solving.  
  • Define clear roles and responsibilities – for both humans and AI.  
  • Monitor the impact of AI and ask for employee feedback.  

Being able to successfully harness AI in the workplace starts with a solid team foundation and a culture of inclusion and collaboration.  



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Evolution of the CPO

We are in an era of rapid transformation and innovation – so too is the role of the Chief People Officer. The CPO (or CHRO) has traditionally been focused on overseeing the more administrative HR functions within an organization: payroll, benefits administration, employee relations, L&D, performance management, comp & benefits, etc. The CPO has increasingly evolved to also include: 

  • Function as a strategic partner to the C-Suite to provide insights and guidance on people matters that directly affect business outcomes.  
  • Implementing digital HR solutions for recruitment, onboarding, performance management, and employee engagement. 
  • Leveraging data analytics and HR technology to inform decisions on talent management, workforce planning, and employee engagement.  
  • Enhancing the employee experience to attract, retain, and engage top talent through programs and initiatives that promote a positive work environment, support employee well-being, and foster a strong sense of belonging and purpose. 
  • Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organizations by developing strategies to promote diversity in hiring, foster inclusive workplace cultures, and address systemic barriers to equity and belonging. 
  • Developing policies and practices that support remote collaboration, maintain employee connectedness, and ensure equitable treatment for both in-person and remote workers. 

This list is certainly not exhaustive but merely a small sample of the myriad of additional responsibilities that fall under the purview of the modern CPO.

As we continue to absorb the wealth of knowledge from Transform 2024, it is evident that the future of work is not only about embracing technological advancements but also about fostering a people-centric approach, inclusive environments, and strategic leadership to navigate the complexities of tomorrow’s workforce.

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