7 Employee Experience Predictions for 2021
7 Employee Experience Predictions for 2021

7 Employee Experience Predictions for 2021

While it’s not been exactly the start to the year we were hoping for in the UK, 2021 remains a year brimming with potential. The world of work went through some radical forced transformation in 2020 and while there was a race to maintain productivity back then, this year promises to be a year of regrowth and considered action. At Totem, we’ve been having a chat about the trends we’ve seen in employee experience, and what we think will come to pass in 2021.  1 – The Formal/Informal Switch Our research report taught us loads about what’s really going on...

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The Hidden Impact of Hybrid Work
The Hidden Impact of Hybrid Work

The Hidden Impact of Hybrid Work

When you interview for a new role, the hiring team will often reference their company’s culture. You leave the interview with the impression that cultural fit is critical in the hiring decision. Despite this, workplace culture is often poorly understood. What creates it, breaks it and the role it plays in enabling success often remains a mystery.  At Totem, our goal is to understand workplace culture and the role it plays in the success of a business. Whilst COVID-19 has disrupted every part of our lives, it has also created the grounds for one of the largest cultural experiments in...

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Intentional Culture – Darren Murph, Head of Remote at GitLab speaks at Culture Open Mic Night
Intentional Culture – Darren Murph, Head of Remote at GitLab speaks at Culture Open Mic Night

Intentional Culture – Darren Murph, Head of Remote at GitLab speaks at Culture Open Mic Night

Culture has always been important, but now more than ever as we embrace elements of remote working into our new hybrid working models, where people are working interchangeably between home and the office, we wanted to hear from the experts how they’ve been creating amazing places to work regardless of an employee’s location. Darren Murph is Head of Remote at GitLab, a fully remote company based all over the world, shared his thoughts with us about intentionality, and what it truly means to embrace a remote working culture. The full talk is below: If you’d like to find out more,...

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Totem is Helping Customers Bring Office Culture Online
Totem is Helping Customers Bring Office Culture Online

Totem is Helping Customers Bring Office Culture Online

The long awaited lifting of lockdown is here and employers are planning their return to the office, however new safety regulations, adaptability to remote working and growing anxiety has impacted what that return looks like. That’s why we’re excited to announce our new features that help businesses increase visibility, build trust and help businesses adapt to the new normal.  Research shows 65% of people in the UK are anxious about the return to work and 57% do not want to go back to a normal office environment with normal office hours. COVID has shaken up the way we think about...

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Employee Engagement: What Good Looks Like in the New Normal
Employee Engagement: What Good Looks Like in the New Normal

Employee Engagement: What Good Looks Like in the New Normal

The world of work has changed dramatically in what feels like an eternity of the same really long day. Company stand-ups, all hands, coffee breaks and brainstorms have all moved online, where we’ve realised new challenges around video call burnout, unprecedented realms of wifi issues and general challenges around remote productivity.  As we start to consider our return to the office and how that might look, it’s important to consider the impact so much change has had on employee engagement. We know what good looked like, but how does that translate to the new normal?  Taking Accountability for Employee Engagement...

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How COVID is Transforming Culture, Wellbeing and the Workplace
How COVID is Transforming Culture, Wellbeing and the Workplace

How COVID is Transforming Culture, Wellbeing and the Workplace

It’s hard to gain clarity when you’re sitting in the eye of the storm, that storm being COVID-19. The virus has single handedly rocketed working life into the future. Huge businesses have done in a matter of weeks what would have taken years to implement but with this comes questions around the impact this has on employee wellbeing? And how will company culture adapt and evolve to support the new normal?  We were thrilled to have Marcus Thornley, Play and Totem CEO, join Mercer’s Nick McClelland, Partner & Growth Leader, and Teresa Beach, HR Director in their webinar to discuss...

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Taking Ownership of Your Work From Home Routine
Taking Ownership of Your Work From Home Routine

Taking Ownership of Your Work From Home Routine

Melissa Van Der Hecht, Product Manager at Kong, explains the importance of exploring and creating a remote working routine unique to you. It’s approaching June and many of us have been adjusting to remote working for the best part of two months. For a lot of us, this is very new and are finding it difficult to navigate time management, productivity and mental wellbeing. We held a Culture Open Mic Night to learn from other professionals adapting to the new normal, where they could share experiences, advice and tips to inspire and motivate us all.  In these sessions, we focus...

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How Totem is Keeping Furloughed Teams Engaged for Free
How Totem is Keeping Furloughed Teams Engaged for Free

How Totem is Keeping Furloughed Teams Engaged for Free

To help companies reconnect with their 7.5 million workers currently furloughed across the UK, we’re offering the Totem app for free.  COVID-19’s impact has forced workplaces to implement remote work culture overnight, transforming the way they communicate with their teams. Many management teams are ill-prepared to keep their people informed, engaged and connected; furloughed employees feeling particularly disconnected from their companies and colleagues.  In light of this, we’re offering Totem free to companies supporting furloughed teams. At Totem, it’s our goal to help companies build, measure and evolve work culture leading to a central space for company communication. So how...

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