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Topic: Culture

5 Culture Trends for Higher Education Employers in 2021

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In 2020 the world changed dramatically. As higher education institutions enter 2021, what workplace transformations will the new year bring? Check out our 5 Culture Trends for higher education employers in 2021 and see how you can be prepared to help your employees thrive, no matter what new challenges may come their way.

Culture Trend #1: Emerging from crisis, companies focus on culture.


Workplace culture for higher education is in flux. It’s no surprise why – 2020 was a roller coaster for academics due to significant shifts in institutional and instructional strategies. According to one report – published prior to the pandemic –  70% of presidents already felt that their higher ed institution needed to make key changes to programming, operations, and overall business models.

The pandemic made an immediate shift necessary. Nearly overnight, academic employees had to transform to a culture of virtual collaboration. Employers at higher education institutions can continue to use this opportunity to enhance their workplace culture by tapping into educator and staff skillsets, regardless of where they’re located. Employees can now interact, exchange ideas, and drive progress in innovative ways, including by strengthening relationships among colleagues and across academic institutions.

A SHRM study found two out of three organizations reported keeping employee morale up to be difficult during the pandemic, and one-third said maintaining company culture was a challenge.

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