It’s not just sentiment that is altering the workplace — laws around the world are also contributing to the evolving future of work.
While these new policies range in focus, they all share one overarching theme: the workplace should be a more equitable, supportive space.
One such example impacting organizations across the European Union is a new quota that would require company boards to feature women in at least 40% of roles. In an effort to curb gaps in workforce leadership, this law gives women more opportunities to participate in operational aspects of a business, which has been found to be greatly beneficial for companies.
“More women on boards make companies more resilient, more innovative, and will help to change top-down structures in the workplace,” said Austrian politician Evelyn Regner.
Another major trend taking over the workplace has been remote work, a trend that was once thought of as a temporary solution to the global pandemic. However, during this time, both professionals and lawmakers alike have realized that the right to work from home can have a sweeping impact on employee satisfaction and productivity.
In Ireland, a bill has been introduced that would grant employees the right to request remote work, which would normalize the arrangement on a grander scale. While the bill hasn’t become law yet, the introduction of it proves that remote work has exited the niche stratosphere and entered everyday lives.