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Future of the Workplace

Hybrid work arrangements are the future. According to Gallup, 90% of U.S. employees with a desk or office job do not want to return to the office five days a week. Yet hybrid work presents a societal paradox – working from home can improve overall life but worsen life at work.

As Gallup CEO Jon Clifton will discuss in his keynote address, while working from home may benefit our social and physical wellbeing, it isn’t ideal for our work wellbeing. Since the pandemic, engagement has declined across the board – and it dropped most dramatically for those who work remotely full-time.

Compared to before the pandemic, remote workers are now less likely to know what is expected of them, feel less connected to the mission and purpose of the organization, and feel less recognized. And those three things have one thing in common – poor communication between managers and leaders. Gallup has found that managers impact 70% of employees’ workplace wellbeing.

Clifton, who authored Blind Spot: The Global Rise of Unhappiness and How Leaders Missed It, will review these and other insights into a workplace that will never return to pre-pandemic “normal.”

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January 09

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

International Ballroom, JW Marriott

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$ 45

Per Event

Guest Event Registration

$ 65

Per Event

2022-2023 Event Schedule

January 09
January 23
February 06
February 27
March 13
March 27
April 17
May 01
*Event dates subject to change

"The Economic Club of Grand Rapids is an incredible member-driven organization. By providing a forum to connect, inform and inspire, leaders are able to engage in relevant educational and networking opportunities. I have valued meeting new people at the events and learning something new with each session. I appreciate the collaboration, continuous learning, diverse perspectives and meaningful networking."

Tina Freese DeckerPresident & CEO of BHSH System

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Philomena MantellaPresident, Grand Valley State University

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Guillermo CisnerosPresident & CEO of West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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Tessa KeenaShareholder at Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors

“It's so important to dig deeper on important issues facing our businesses and community.  Econ Club not only gives us access to thought provoking leaders it connects us all for growth and learning!”

Lynne Jarman-JohnsonChief Marketing Officer of Consumers Credit Union

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Praveen ThadaniPresident of Priority Health

"I loved being a part of the GR Econ Club before moving to AZ! Just yesterday I shared insights that I learned from a futurist presentation about five years ago. Best of all, the people I met and relationships formed were invaluable."

Sue GiffordDirector of Individual and Legacy Gifts at Child Crisis Arizona

"Thanks to the Econ Club I have been able to expand my business network as well as stay informed on economic and talent-related issues affecting our community and the country."

Carlos SanchezDirector, Latino Business & Economic Development Center at Ferris State University

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Garrick RochowPresident & CEO, Consumers Energy

"With all we have gone through the past two years, now more than ever we need a place where leaders gather, learn and build relationships. The Econ Club helps keep the community on the leading edge of economic trends and opportunities, while providing a venue to network with area leaders. For those reasons, Econ Club membership is the first thing I signed up for upon returning to West Michigan."

Randy ThelenPresident & CEO, The Right Place

“Moving to Grand Rapids in 2016, I wanted to connect with community leaders, learn more about the region and continue to grow as a leader. The Econ Club was a great place to have all of those goals met in one place. I have had the privilege of serving on the Board for several years now and it is an honor to serve with business leaders that are so passionate about our community, volunteering their time to ensure that everyone in our business community can come together through the Econ Club’s Mission - Connect, Inform and Inspire.”

Scott LewisPresident & CEO, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
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