The Future Workplace Calls for Creative Solutions, Says Morgan Stanley’s Carla Harris

Joe Kornik, Director of Brand Publishing Editor-in-Chief of VISION by Protiviti

Creativity is key to solving the problems of the future workplace, according to Carla Harris, Vice Chair for Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Fran Maxwell, Protiviti’s Global Leader of Workforce and Organizational Transformation, interviewed Harris for our Future of Work series on VISION by Protiviti. Here are some of the thoughts she shared.

  • It is unlikely we’ll go back to a 5-day, 40-hour workweek inside a building. The shift will be toward productivity and personal fulfillment — moving to or even creating the job you really want.

“You don’t have to have people in the same place to get outsized productivity.”

  • The current talent shortage — the Great Resignation — will work itself out, but smart companies can get a leg up on talent by co-locating internship buildings on campuses and targeting the early undergraduate levels for high-demand skills like programming and AI.
  • And speaking of buildings, why wouldn’t a company that finds itself with lots of empty real estate due to a hybrid work model use creative thinking and turn some of those buildings into childcare centers to recruit and retain parents of young kids, and women in particular?

Watch the video interview with Carla Harris here. For more on the Future of Work and other megatrends, subscribe to VISION by Protiviti.

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