View the 2016 workplace trends
Now that we’re halfway through the year, 2016 workplace trends are becoming more evident for this year and beyond. This year, more than 25 percent of Millennials (born 1980-1995) will become first-time managers. An estimated 3.6 million Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) will retire, but some will be hired back as advisors to aid the new generation of Millennial managers. And the first Generation Z (born 1996-2011) college graduates are now entering the workforce, having just graduated. These generational changes are beginning to reveal themselves as disruptive catalysts in 2016’s workplace trends.
Employees are looking for job flexibility and better work/life balance. Employers are looking for ways to cut costs, via smaller office spaces, turning specific job roles over to automation, and having employees “on call” during their personal time.
Where we work is looking a bit different, too: many professionals are turning to freelance rather than full-time, permanent jobs to better manage their lives – and are working from home. Employees are pushing for at least partial telecommute roles. And companies are jettisoning private offices and cubicles for open, collaborative arrangements. Each comes with a need for different management styles, so each level of management must learn to adapt, to help their teams function at their highest level of productivity.
Social media is increasingly becoming a business tool to grow and solidify company brands, keep in touch with customers and recruit new employees. More and more companies are encouraging employees to become brand ambassadors, but need to keep a close eye on what’s being said.
What’s in your future as a tribal business? View the 2016 Workplace Trends infographic below, created by Brighton School of Business and Management and provided by Infographic Journal, to spot trends you may want to keep an eye on.