Hybrid edicts causing tug of war between Minnesota companies, workers

Tension is rising as companies try to figure out the post-pandemic office routine.

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In their own words, Minnesota workers reflect on how COVID changed their careers

Employees tripped up by COVID-19 workplaces adjust.

Trying to draw workers back, Minnesota companies redesign offices to feel more like home

Mohammed Lawal and Quin Scott, partners in LSE Architects, designed new space for their firm with openness and natural light in mind. They can bicycle through the space to meet with employees.

— Anthony Souffle, Star Tribune

One employer included an indoor park. Others are including more flex space and ditching high-end conference rooms for appealing kitchen space.

Diversity expert to companies: Don't lose momentum gained in past few years

Yohuru Williams, history professor and director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas.

— University of St. Thomas

In an interview, Yohuru Williams of St. Thomas' Racial Justice Initiative talks about his approach to diversity training and his concerns about trend lines.

In tight job market, Minnesota companies up their benefits game

Arctic Wolf, headquartered in Eden Prairie, has no set number of days off in an effort to add flexibility to employee schedules.

— Brian Peterson, Star Tribune file

Mental health and wellness benefits, added days off, flexible schedules and basic pay are all things companies say they consider.

In this day and age, leaders need a sharp edge — and empathy

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says you need empathy to be a great leader.

— Mark Lennihan, Associated Press

A record 323 employers in Minnesota made the cut in our 14th annual Top Workplaces.

Eagan business owner made it through COVID with help. Now he's championing mental health

David Moeller, founder and CEO of Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services in Eagan. His COVID-induced depression led him to create a mental health wellness benefit for his 250 employees.

— David Moeller

David Moeller, CEO of Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services, has rolled out a plan for his 250 workers and is now working with other companies to do the same.