“We are in an economic cycle where jobs, as we know them, are rapidly changing,” notes Forbes.
Some jobs are going away, people switch jobs frequently, and technology has become increasingly impactful with innovations like artificial intelligence.
No longer are employees hired to work jobs that have “protected artifacts” such as position title, job descriptions, and defined level within the organization.
Rather, employees “do work” and remain poised to adapt with business fluctuations.
There are three components that are influenced by the “future of work.” First, personal impacts are felt as we each decide career course, work/life job compatibility, and the role of a job to sense of purpose.
Second, the organization is touched by change as jobs are redefined, determinations are made about technology replacing humans, and how employers leverage contingent employees.
Lastly, society is impacted as changes are incorporated to ready future generations for work and employers consider how best to reposition and transition employees with job changes.
This week, an examination of a variety of workplace trends for 2017. How are you affected as both employer and employee?
‘What you are will show in what you do.’ --Thomas A. Edison
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Evidence of millennial preferences in workplaces is also found in an article at Inc. Millennials comprise more than 30% of American workers, and as they accept roles in leadership they will alter work in three ways.
Expect email to be replaced by communication platforms including chat, collaboration systems, and project management platforms.
Also, the traditional office design of cubicles will disappear in favor of more open spaces to prompt communication and encourage interactions and problem-solving.
Third, rigid office hours will fall to more flexible schedules that technology allows.
‘I learned the value of hard work by working hard.’ --Margaret Mead
According to benefitspro.com, 2016’s labor market trends were influential: low unemployment, increasing demand for technological skills for employees, transparency in compensation that helped “fight the gender pay gap,” and strong wage growth.
But the list is to be expanded upon.
Five trends to watch for 2017:
It is anticipated 2017 "will be a mileston year for many reasons," according to Human Resources Today. Benefits will change to meet employee demand.
For example, student loan repayment plans "will create an exceptional employee experience."
Also, Generation Z enters the workforce and millennials rising to leadership positions will make an impression. Collaborations are expected to take priority over individual achievements and digital trends will transform the workplace as companies adopt automation with enthusiasm.
“Unfortunately, while 90% of business leaders expect their industries to be disrupted by digital trends, only 44% think their businesses are adequately prepared for the changes ahead,” the article notes.
Forbes identifies “10 Workplace Trends You’ll See in 2017.” The article echoes previous observations like the impact of an age-diverse workforce, new technology, and the influence of the gig economy on traditional workplaces.
Other trends to prompt change include the transition of annual performance reviews to that of ongoing feedback; a “talent war” as 76% of full time employees actively seek or are open to a new job while 48% of employers can’t keep jobs filled; and wellness programs becoming increasingly popular.
Also, office dress codes and workplace cultures will become increasingly casual.
‘Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ --Confucius
A tighter job market means that recruiters will have to step up their game, according to hrdive.com, which outlines “5 Recruitment Trends HR Leaders are Expecting in 2017.”
One change is that recruitment will become a proactive role in planning. More than 83% of talent leaders indicate “talent is the number one priority in their organization,” says one survey.
Social media will become more prominent in recruitment and “organizations across all industries are expected to ramp up initiatives to improve diversity in hiring.”
Undercover Recruiter chimes in with “13 Recruitment Trends You MUST Know for 2017.” A variety of experts contribute their ideas in this interesting analysis.
Some perspectives are that mobile will influence recruitment tactics; companies will need to focus on their branding efforts to attract employees; and prospective workers “will feel more empowered to seek new opportunities and to negotiate terms.”
This reflects a “balance of power shift from employer to candidate.”
The first Forbes article highlighted this week mentions that employees are overwhelmed. Twenty-five percent of the workday is spent reading emails; mobile device users check their phones 150 times daily; and “40%... believe it is impossible to succeed at work and have a balanced family life.”
Despite technological advances and technology’s growing role in the workplace, productivity is not on the rise as a consequence, the article says. In fact, “today’s wave of technology… has provided the lowest productivity improvement of any technology era.”
Given these startling facts, how can you reposition technology at your workplace to lessen stress and grow productivity? Will other emerging trends mitigate or enhance employee perception of stress and dissatisfaction?
Consider technology and other broader workplace trends in analysis of your environment, and know how they impact your operations and employees alike.