As 2018 has kicked in, the world of the workplace, even the HR, has undergone gradual transformation and evolution. Employers and employees have adapted to these changes to keep the organisation running in an optimised manner. Let’s take a quick look at a couple of workforce trends that may see further transformation in 2018.
1) Growing Workflow Automation
In this Digital era, the workforce demography is gradually shifting towards millennials and post-millennials. This workforce is firmly focused on improving the nature of work they are doing through digital means for better outcomes. Businesses need to bring about a change in their business and operations models to accommodate the evolving technology in the form of automated workflow and processes. The workforce of this generation has the right skill-set that can make efficient use of automated digital platforms to be more productive for their employees. Introducing workflow automation will not only improve your work process but also provide job-satisfaction and value to your workforce. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning tools like Arya and GetLinks have already changed the landscape of recruitment practice.
2) The Rise of Gig Economy
The Gig economy refers to a working environment in which workforce provides its services on the contractual or freelance basis. This growing segment offers numerous benefits such as low cost and flexibility but may also cause many problems if not handled right. Employees need to have the infrastructure set up to manage external collaboration efficiently. The basic HR practices in which the employee trains the workforce about its brand, processes, and rules of conduct can be difficult to implement. The HR Recruitment and Sourcing team need to identify which work or projects need immediate short-term attention, and which one requires longer. They can thus source the appropriate workforce with the right skills and get the job done swiftly.
3) Health and Mental Wellness Gets Prioritized
Maintaining the health and mental wellness of the modern workforce finds increased importance among the employers now. An employee that is burnt out or stressed out will lack not only productivity but also job satisfaction. Employers now offer employee assistance programs through mental health counsellors that help employees combat mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
4) Employee Experience
Gone are the days of tedious 9 to 5 desk job, when employees had minimal expectations from their workplace. We live in an age where employees now expect much more engaging and cultural workplace experience. Employers now look to offer an ecosystem to employees that combine the values of performance management, engagement, and culture.
5) Employee Safety
It is unfortunate that incidents such as mass shootings, terrorist attacks and bomb threats are so prevalent around us. Employers are now taking extra steps to safeguard the workplace and the employees from incidents such as mass shooting or bomb threats. Employees and managers are trained to be physically and mentally prepared to respond to such situations. Applicants are screened for any criminal history and “zero tolerance” violence policy at the workplace is being implemented within organisations to prevent workplace violence.
All these trends point to an improved workplace for employees. What are your thoughts on the points listed above? Fill in the details to contact us and our experts will get back to you shortly. Let us know your problems!