Cordant Focus

Category: Employment Landscape


Workplace Trends for 2016

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Companies will spend more time improving the office environment and/or offer employees the opportunity to work from home in order to save millions of pounds, and at the same time offer employees more options.  Research indicates that employees now want more flexible furniture, which includes a distraction free environment this results in employees becoming more relaxed at work and consequently more productive.

'Pressure For More Sustainable Organisation/Workstyles'
Companies can adopt new ways of working by involving employees in interviews, focus groups and surveys.  However, employees must appreciate the values of a company, its culture and business goals.  Also HR Departments of companies need to monitor how current ways of working are helping or hindering business targets, think of new policies, work practices and to involve “all staff” into developing new ways of working.

'The Challenge of Keeping Workers Connected'
People identify themselves by their work and with their work groups, and still want to engage with others to meet and to catch up on each other’s lives and families.  The question is how and where will they do this as more employees work remotely and rarely meet others face-to-face. The key to success is to understand that people know best how, when and where to work.  The best way to help them perform to their highest levels is to give them choices.

'The Difficulty of Changing Culture'
The most complicated part of workplace change is not the physical environment of the pace and speed of technology - but people’s culturally conditioned attitude about how they should be managed, how and when they should work and their attachment to a unified workplace.  In particular if baby boomers do not embrace new ways of working they will find it increasingly difficult to retain their jobs. Dealing with generation gaps are a hot topic for companies - but this year (2016) more firms will be offering baby boomers opportunities to stay in work longer in order that they can transfer their knowledge and skills to younger colleagues.

Companies are increasingly using workplace flexibility as an incentive to employ the best talent, which includes the older worker - technology has improved the workplace making it possible for all ages of employees to carry out their work from other locations.

In a rapidly changing economic environment, businesses must continually assess the nature of the work to be done, and how this translates to needed workforce skill sets and the technical infrastructure to remain competitive. To effectively utilise its human capital, an organisation also needs to understand the nature of its workplace, as well as the composition of its workforce.

Changing business practices to respond to environmental economic changes is imperative, yet companies must also look inside to identify areas where attention to workforce needs can maximise productivity to respond to external competition demands. An example is the inevitable changes in the workforce that will occur with ageing.