Over the last few years, the workplace has been defined by change and that is expected to continue in 2020.
In light of this constant change, it is essential for employers to appreciate the discrepancies and shared qualities of their cross-generational teams. With their unique abilities and weaknesses, a diverse range of employees is vital for organizational success.
As you get ready for the year ahead, think about how these following trends will affect your company and the way you can reap the benefits of them.
1) Remote Collaboration
Modern technology permits many different kinds of work arrangements, including the creation of virtual teams with members working in different physical locations. Even locally based employees are increasingly asking for the chance to work remotely. In particular, younger professionals don’t necessarily associate physical presence with productivity.
Companies can reap the benefits of a remote working policy because it can lower overhead costs and boost employee satisfaction. That being said, employees need the proper tools, system, and training. This includes measures for communication and working on shared documents. Critically, the organization must figure out ways to develop a virtual office culture that keeps everyone engaged and collegial.
2) Analytics in HR
Modern technology has also facilitated a greater degree of information collection and analytics for every aspect of business, and HR teams are leveraging these resources to gain insight and make better decisions. Hiring decisions, employee engagement initiatives, leadership decisions and training programs are just a handful of areas where HR can use information and analytics.
This trend of using analytics in HR is an important one that could be adopted by almost any organization. Having new insights can help HR teams reduce worker turnover, identify better applicants, and get the proper people into best-fit roles.
3) Ongoing Employee Development
People in today’s workforce, particularly younger generations, expect to be constantly learning and developing their career while on the job. The businesses that respond to this rising demand will be better positioned to attract and keep top talent.
As opposed to just training during onboarding, staff members are looking for education and training opportunities that allow them to develop, and possibly advance their status with the company.
Ensure your company has a thorough employee development strategy that is able to speak to individual career development plans, yet also meets the needs of your business.
4) Putting People First
For most businesses, productivity is the top priority, but getting employees to be productive through stress-inducing approaches is becoming a thing of the past. As opposed to putting productivity over people, a growing number of companies are putting people first, and letting higher productivity flow naturally from there, as research has shown a strong connection between efficiency and job satisfaction.
Companies should identify any productivity measures that are significantly offset by their burden on employees, such as constant email interruptions and inadequate time for training. While remedies will depend on the nature of each particular issue, the principal goal is to come at each problem from the worker’s point of view.
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