Signal of change / 81% of companies predict a rise in workforce activism A survey of 375 C-suite executives - at companies with more than 1,000 employees and upwards of £250 million in annual sales volume - across the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia, found that 81% anticipate a rise in workforce activism in the next three to five years. 'Activism' is defined by the Cambridge English Dictionary as "the use of direct and noticeable action to achieve a result". The findings are published by Herbert Smith Freehills in its report 'Future of Work'. So what? For corporations, the rise in activism could present a threat in terms of both reputational risk and productivity. However, 50% of those surveyed welcome it as a positive force for change. Activism reflects an engaged and values-led workforce interested in the wellbeing of its community and/or environment. There could be a correlation between a workforce where opinions are freely expressed and the capacity to embrace new and alternative ideas, unlocking innovation. Signal spotted by Ariel Muller Source: https://www.herbertsmithfreehills.com/latest-thinking/the-new-world-of-work-report-warns-of-an-unprecedented-rise-in-workplace-activism-v2 We are working on a new Futures Centre website, which will launch in June 2020. In the meantime, you can VIEW THE LATEST SIGNALS OF CHANGE HERE. To submit signals of change, FILL OUT THIS FORM or keep sharing your signals with the community by using the hashtag #signalofchange on Twitter and Instagram, or by tagging @forumforthefuture on Facebook.