Employee activism is no longer limited to the traditional trade union. From 2015 to today, the corporate sphere has seen a vast increase in employee organization, from Microsoft’s workers asking to end the company’s contract with ICE to Google’s recent formation of a minority union. Employees are embracing old-school organizing in unconventional workplaces and new labor actions in legacy businesses.
Where some might see roadblocks to success, Alison Taylor, executive director of Ethical Systems, a part of NYU’s Stern School of Business, sees huge potential in this change. As Gen Z activates on the Millennial ideals of corporate democracy and employee ownership, people managers have an opportunity to rebuild organizations in a truly inclusive light and thus stronger for all involved. In this episode, watch Taylor and Quartz CEO Zach Seward discuss the ways in which employee activism is imagining a radically different workplace, and why company leaders should be both backing and embracing this new age.
We see employees wanting to have a voice in the values and priorities of organizations … climate change, immigration rights, queer rights … It’s less an aspect of the corporate responsibility program; it goes to the heart of business.
The next generation of employees is no longer satisfied with the empty promises of wokewashing or the belief that social accountability is not a business’ responsibility. Join Taylor and Seward as they analyze how leaders can not only understand this dramatic amplification of the employee chorus, but work alongside it to empower everyone involved and create a more adaptable and inclusive workplace.
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