Splendid Interview With Mega Session (The Top 10 Workplace Trends for 2018) Presenter Dan Schawbel

It was a great pleasure to interview, Dan Schawbel, Partner & Research Director, with Future Workplace.  Dan is a New York Times Bestselling Author, Recognized on several lists including Forbes & Inc. “30 Under 30”, Fortune 500 consultant, and Serial Entrepreneur.  He has two career bestseller books, Promote Yourself and Me 2.0, and has a third book that will be published in the Fall of 2018.  Through his companies, Dan has conducted over 35 research studies, interviewed over 1,700 successful people, written over 2,000 articles and spoken at over 100 conferences, companies and universities.  Schawbel has been profiled or quoted in over 1,200 media outlets, such as “The Today Show” on NBC, “Fox & Friends” on Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and countless others. 

Dan Schawbel will be presenting a Mega Session, The Top 10 Workplace Trends for 2018, on Monday 6/18/18 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM – at #SHRM18 in Chicago. 

Check out my interview with Dan below:

AP: What insight will an attendee gain at your MEGA SESSION, The Top 10 Workplace Trends For 2018?

DS: Every year since 2013, I have released a workplace trends forecast for the upcoming year. These trends are based on hundreds of conversations with executives and workers, a series of national and global online surveys and secondary research from more than 450 different research sources, including colleges, consulting firms, non-profits, the government and trade associations. During my session at SHRM 2018, I will go through the top ten workplace trends for 2018, which include artificial intelligence, mental wellness, labor upskilling, employee burnout and gender diversity. As with previous years, I will speak about the trends, the research behind the trends and give examples from companies that are reacting to them. This session will help HR people prepare and/or handle changes that are impacting their workforces this year and in the future. 


AP: Do you anticipate the trends in 2018 continuing into future years?

DS: Each of these trends is already affected companies and will continue to in the future. For instance, the conversation around gender diversity is only getting bigger and HR will only continue to incorporate artificial intelligence into their employee experience lifecycle. 


AP: Are the workplace trends positive or negative?

DS: Some of these workplace trends are positive, while others lean negative. For instance, employee burnout is bad for both employees and employers. Employees are working harder than ever before, with no additional pay, and are getting burned out. As a result, they are leaving their companies, which costs companies money and productivity. Mental wellness, on the other hand, is a positive trend. 84% of employees have experienced physical, psychological or behavioral symptoms of poor mental health. Employers who offer mental health programs are doing a great service to their employees who need help. 


AP: What do you find most intriguing in your professional and personal life?

DS: I'm most fascinated about how technology is used to bring us closer together (or further apart) in and out of the workplace. When we overuse technology at work, we become more isolated, lonely and less committed to our team and organizations. When we express the same behavior outside of work, we have weaker friendships. My upcoming book, Back to Human, instructs leaders how to create stronger connections instead of relying on technology to do the job for them. I'm creating a larger movement, and conversation, about the importance of human connection as a means to happiness and fulfillment.


AP: Is this your first time as a presenter at SHRM?

DS: I've spoken at the SHRM Annual Conference since 2013 and have also presented at SHRM local chapter events including SHRM Vermont, SHRM Atlanta, and The HRSouthwest Conference. 


AP: Besides this interview, where can we learn more about you?

DS: You can subscribe to my monthly newsletter, follow me on Instagram or on LinkedIn

Dan, thank you for a great interview.   We are looking forward to your Mega Session!


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