Trends Report

Strikes: Just One Expression Of Employee Power

October 16th, 2023
With contributors:
James McQuivey, PhD , Keith Johnston , Tyler Castro , Demi Starks


You’ve heard a lot about striking workers over the past few years — a seeming throwback to decades past, when organized labor played a big role in negotiating wages and working conditions. You might be concerned about the impact of strikes on the future of your workforce. We suggest looking at strikes as part of a bigger phenomenon — that of Employee Power, one of the four shocks reshaping the future of work in the next decade. Employee Power can scare (or alienate) leaders, but it’s a powerful signal, a source of information about misalignments, safety hazards, and other employee-derived insights. Ultimately, your goal should be to engineer an employee experience that unlocks Employee Power’s positive energy, creating wins for both management and employees.

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