Advances in technology, the ever widening skills gap, the rise of unemployment, workplace automation, and minimising resources to save on cost. There are countless factors that already do and will continue to have an impact on HR Trends in the Workplace this 2016. Based on research and extensive conversations with our clients, here’s the iFacts Guide to Top Five Workplace Trends for 2016.
Flexible working hours
In an increasingly connected world of digital media and smartphones, the traditional nine to five structure is becoming a thing of the past. While many employers have discovered the benefits of accessing employee time at any hour of the day, employees are becoming equally aware of the fact that they are working longer hours without additional leave time. As more employees catch on to this fact, pressure will start to mount that will force employers to revise and provide flexible working hours to account for after-hours assignments.
The Boomerang Employees
As the job market expands and companies aggressively headhunt employees from competitors, more people find themselves leaving a company only to return after a period of time.The key driving factor behind these decisions is usually based on monetary motivation. Social media plays a crucial role in the door to return is always open approach as employees generally keep in contact with former colleagues and employers, particularly on platforms such as LinkedIn. Companies are also more open to welcoming back former employees as they are already familiar with the company culture, training and performance expectations.
The rise of the freelancer
The concept of freelancing is far from new, but the growth in digital media sectors and the availability of jobs and projects on an individual basis means that professionals are able to exercise a greater degree of control over their workflow and even consider self-employment. While freelancing may not suit every individual or even a specific job, companies have also recognised the advantage of using freelance workers, particularly when one considers the significant cost of hiring a new employee in an economy that is still recovering.
The archaic idea of employees as cogs in a machine is fast being replaced by the concept of recognising individual strengths. The move towards individuality allows companies to foster the talent of their employees and minimise segmentation and political division in the workforce. This can lead to more motivated employees who will in turn demonstrate greater productivity and effectiveness.
With Generation Z now entering the global workplace, employers have a new pool of young and talented individuals that can bring new ideas to the table. This surge in new talent will see a rise in driven individuals that are focused on self-improvement and developing their individual talents to help turn them into capable weapons at work.