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An overview of five up-and-coming trends that are having an impact on HR practices around the world. Use these insights to craft your strategy for 2017 and beyond …
From an increased reliance on technology to a truly multi-generational workforce - the arrival of 2017 has brought new challenges and fresh thinking in the field of HR.
Below are five trends that are currently having an impact on organisational thinking, employee wellness and talent management.
Many of these trends have evolved from obstacles encountered in previous years, while some still present challenges that have not yet been solved.
1. Workplace design as a function of personality
With the rising popularity of flexible workers and flat structures, many organisations have turned to an open-plan office layout. However, as author Susan Cain recently pointed out in her TED talk, most open-plan workspaces are designed primarily for extroverts.
Bright creative areas, open plan seating, flexible ‘hot spots’ for people who are in and out the office, a lack of quiet...all these elements work to improve productivity for people who are driven by others. What about those who function best in their own ‘bubble’, AKA introverts?
In 2017 and beyond, organisations who want to continually engage their employees and improve performance need to consider how best to motivate both introverts and extroverts. One popular solution is to design different working areas, allowing employees to choose their own option depending on the task they are working on. These areas can fulfil several important functions, e.g. provide quiet, provide privacy, allow an employee to recharge after meetings, provide an opportunity for one-on-one collaboration and more.
2. Millennials and the multigenerational workforce
Millennials are no longer the youngest members of our workforce. For the last decade, HR has been focused on researching, analysing and dissecting the behaviour of Millennials. However, it's important to realise that the older members of this group are already in their mid-30s.
Generation Z is now entering the picture and not much is yet known about these types of employees.
There is no generally accepted year in which generation Z started, with some sources stating 1994 and others 1996. Either way, the older members will now be turning 21 - 23 in 2017, meaning that they will soon be appearing as new employees, graduates and interns within your organisation. This leads to a whole host of questions such as: