The Evolving Workplace

  • Unemployment rates are at their lowest level in 50 years.
  • 10,000 people per day will reach retirement age over the next decade.
  • Over 50% of employers plan to add staff in the next few years.

  • 5 different generations are now part of the current workforce.
  • Different lifestyles means people are working full-time, part-time, job sharing or working remotely.
  • People have options to choose the workplace culture that's best for them; and, it's not all about money.


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Workplace Culture in the Early 1900's

My Great Aunt Evelyn left Minnesota to work at the Curtiss Candy Company in Illinois (maker of Baby Ruth & Butterfinger candy bars). She worked there for several years before moving back to Minnesota to care for my mom and her five brothers after their mom died. I did some research about the company and, to be honest, was expecting to find out that working conditions were not very good. I was surprised to learn otherwise.

When Otto Schnering founded the company, he worked alongside his people; but, the company's rapid growth soon made that approach impossible. His factories were noted for their cleanliness and fresh air provided by an air purification system. They had a nurse on staff to care for people's needs; and they accommodated special needs, such as for my aunt who was totally deaf. They paid more than the national industry average and offered profit sharing and pension plans, paid vacations and holidays, and life, health and accident insurance. Otto invited workers and their families to his farm for picnics and parties. The company had bowling and softball leagues. His emphasis on family extended to his lifelong commitment to children's charities.

During the Great Depression, many people were desperate for a paycheck. Even though no one was talking about workplace culture back then, Otto Schnering knew people deserved to be treated with dignity and respect; and he clearly demonstrated that they were an important part of the success of the business.



Stay tuned . . . as we explore how organizational cultures are evolving to keep pace with changing times, a changing workforce, and changing work environments.
We'll share insights from leaders about how they are responding to a job market that has raised the stakes and made the competition for talent more fierce.
We'll share insights from people of all generations about what they look for in an organizational culture, what motivates and engages them, what causes disengagement, and what makes them leave.