The Biggest Workplace Trends to Watch for This Year

You must have always read about the changing fashion trends every year through various famous magazines but have ever thought about the changing workplace trends? Yes like each growing year, even this year there are various changes in the workplace trends. People are constantly adapting to the frequently changing workplace trends. You can pretty well predict the changes. It’s not an overnight magic that will automatically transform all the workplaces. Quite simply, our work spaces have to change into digital workspaces. And only few companies like Microsoft and IBM are talking about this. Workplace has to change dramatically in order to remain effective. Here are a few new workplaces trends which has started to take place since the beginning of the year.

Workplace Flexibility 
Now a day’s people are becoming workaholics day by day. They tend to work almost 47hours per week rather than the old 40hours work week. Certain managers want their employees to be reachable even outside of the office and even in their personal time. More employees are willing to either switch employers or stay at their current employer, based on their flexibility programs.  With the rise of telecommuting, co-working spaces, globalization and new technology tools, workers are demanding flexibility.

Rehiring Employees
Boomerang have a list of retiring former employees. 3.6 million Boomer employees are set to retire and more than one fourth of the millennial workers will become managers. They even have started to rehire the employees who had left their office. This will result in less training as the employee will be familiar with the working culture of the company. It will also help in getting new prospective. They don’t have to spend much time training the employees

Changing work design
Companies are exploring new work design for their employees. According to the researchers, having multifaceted office has a great impact over the increment of the productivity of your company. How cool it is to work in a pleasant work environment which has corner sofas, couches or cubicles or a meeting room with collaborative tables and a soft music playing in the background instead of fix desks and typical work environment? Global companies like Google and Microsoft have already enrolled in these type of business environment.

Automation development
Another important impact on the changing workplace is Automation, through which half of the jobs will be done through machines. One of the greatest example is ATM machines which are found in mostly every locality. Now even Mac Donald’s Europe have started 7000 touch screen computers that take your order and track your food items. This might sound scary for unemployed people and many people might think that automation is bad. But as the old jobs will be lost and new jobs will be created.

Gen Z enter workforce
Generation Z, ranging from the mid to late 1990s through the 2010s, is said to enter the work force by the starting of the next May. This generation is suffered from the recession, student loans and has learned a lot being the children of Generation X. They are even more entrepreneurial, loyal, flexible and realistic in their approach to careers and purchasing. They choose opportunities for growth and work-life balance over salary when selecting what company to work for.

Economy gigs
Professional tend to change their jobs every now and then to expand their reach and have flexibility in their work. Therefore they choose freelance jobs to be their own the coming years, companies are likely to hire freelancers instead of full time employees. The rise of freelancing, the access of technology, the impact of the recession and the desire to have “side-gigs” and flexibility have led towards the trends of gigs economy. The gig economy allows the employers to hire on- demand, lower costs and have more competition for talent.

Wearable technology
With generation Z entering the workforce, the presence of wearable technology is expected to soar. On one hand where many companies still not taken wearable’s seriously, you will see a rise in popularity and acceptance in the coming years. One study suggests that the wearable market will grow to $80 billion by 2020. Some of the popular wearable’s are Fitbit, fineck, Apple Watch and ALEX which are used in the workplace to check health and wellness and productivity. It is estimated that 71% of 16 to 24-year- olds have urge a need of wearable technology.

Maternity leave
Gone are the days when it was only men who would go out, work and earn. Whereas the women would be at home, taking care of the household. Today, women are equally independent and educated as men. Though, we do need to abide by the law of nature, a woman by the will of God has to be a mother. Being a mother requires her to be available for her child, emotionally and physically. In the next few years, as we enter the new baby boom created by the millennial generation, this employee benefit will only become more important. Many companies are expanding their maternity benefits to compete for top talent and to better retain current employees. Netflix has already led its way towards its unlimited maternity leave policy, and Adobe and Microsoft followed suit with their own expanded programs. Presently only 1% of companies offer unlimited maternity leave, yet 64% of employees say they want it. As we enter the next baby boom, maternity leave is going to become an even bigger discussion as an important benefit.

The best workplaces find a way to integrate their organization’s culture and mission. In the future, these workspaces will also help your workforce to become more effective. Work in the workplace will become more human and more results oriented. In the end, the future workplace will be more of a digital and analytical environment that smartly enables more innovation, more collaboration, and more learning opportunities that increase competitiveness and your bottom line. The drive toward transformative technology in the workplace is increasing day by day. How are you preparing for the changing trends ahead?