The workplace is constantly developing as the world around us also changes. Experiences at work will also continue to transform as society and trends continue to adjust, so Zoot Recruit has prepared a list of five current trends that will shape our future workplaces. How many of the following trends do you recognise? What other trends do you think will change the workplace?
1. People Just Aren’t Sticking AroundA really common trend in the workplace is that employee’s just aren’t sticking round! In previous generations, employees would tend to stay at a company for a very long time. In fact, most employees would work at a company for 25-30 years, and it was actually normal for someone to retire from the company they trained with. However, this has changed, and now, people just don’t stay at the same company for as long. According to the Future Workplace Multiple Generations @ Work survey, 91% of Millennials stay in a job for less than three years. This means that in their working life, newer generations are likely to have more than fifteen different jobs with different companies.
2. Changing Leadership
Society has changed for future working generations, and the leadership landscape is altering massively. Younger generations are hungry for more, and they want to rise through the career ranks as quickly as possible. This means that today, there are more young leaders than ever before, with the average age of CEO’s decreasing from 60 years old to 30 years old. Companies are more innovative than ever, and that’s because of the younger leadership. Some people may find it odd having to report to younger bosses, however it looks like this trend is slowly becoming the norm.
3. Importance On Learning
There’s a huge focus in today’s society on the importance of ‘learning’. In previous generations, a new employee would be trained on all aspects of their job before being left to get on with it. Now, companies will invest more time and money into educating their employees. These companies can use a variety of methods, such as training academy’s, or by even paying for their employees to go on courses. Training has changed from something you only learnt at the beginning of your role to something that continues for the duration of your time within a business. This is a really important trend as people want to continue to learn and upskill in order to better themselves.
4. Remote Working
Another trend that seems to be on the increase in the workplace is the amount of people that work inside of the office. More people are working remotely, and that’s because more companies are offering the opportunity for their employees to do this! In one survey, 85% of millennial respondents said that they would prefer telecommuting from home versus commuting to a central location. Because of this trend, the office population is shrinking, however it also means employees can waste less time commuting to work and lets them work whenever is best for them, which ultimately increases productivity.
5. Employee Engagement
Businesses have adapted to the fact that engagement plays a critical role in retaining employees, and so, more than ever, companies are trying to engage with employees. The trend that disengaged employees are likely to swap jobs in today’s society makes employers scared – hiring new people is expensive and time consuming, and so they would prefer their original employees to stay. This is why companies are having to adapt their priorities and come up with an effective strategy for employee engagement.