Today’s modern workplace is casual environment, where work-life balance is championed and, depending on your company culture, some employees might even come to work dressed in sweatpants from time to time (or they do it regularly).
Employers have found that the old, rigid style of thinking reduced efficiency and couldn’t meet new age challenges, like employees collaborating effectively over long distances. The modern workplace environment has a blended workforce, is becoming more responsive to problems, and less tied down to physical locations. Employees now use modern collaborative softwares like Skype, Sharepoint to communicate more effectively with their colleagues around the world in real time.
The workplace continues to evolve in order to meet the needs of both employees and employers. Let’s take a look at 4 modern workplace trends and how they are changing the way we work.
1. Flexible workforce
The rise of the internet also has given rise to the gig economy. Both MSB and corporates are connecting more people around the world and giving them the freedom and flexibility to choose the kind of work they want. Millennials, in particular, are trading in the traditional security and benefits of a full-time job for more freelancing/external staff opportunities where they have complete control over their schedule.
These outsourcing platforms are hugely beneficial for freelancers, too. Workers enjoy:
• The flexibility to choose whom they work for and at what pay rates
• The ability to set their own schedule
• The freedom to work remotely
• The business device mobility and apps accessibility from anywhere in the world
In summary, employers are becoming more dynamic and improving productivity by hiring from a rich talent pool of remote workers from around the world. And with that, there is an increasing need for managers who can skillfully manage both freelancers and full-time employees working alongside one another.
Even in our digital age, collaboration can still be a difficult thing to master. As connectivity increases, so do the number of platforms which employees, employers, and clients communicate on. This can pose problems for teams that are working in the same office — let alone those that are working and communicating remotely.
There are multiple collaboration platforms (f.e. Microsoft Teams) that would easily connect people realted to the same project, but maybe sitting on a different locations, other offices worldwide (depending on the company’s size). The way we communicate and collaborate affects in many ways our customer service and customer’s. Digital transformation brought us numerous changes in the way we collaborate, making the world our office.
3. Greater emphasis on work-life balance
When employees are forced to work outside of the office, both productivity and morale can take a hit.To help with that, employers can offer employees the ability to choose their own hours or provide work from home opportunities with technology to support this. Employers understand the pressure being placed upon their employees. They understand that an employee who feels stressed and overworked is less likely to be productive. That is why more employers are offering flexible schedules to accommodate doctor appointments, family events, and other personal issues. Instead of focusing on hours in the office, companies are turning their focus towards deliverables and outcomes.
4. Alternative presentation methods
Presenting the features of your core business or towards customer has introudced a revolutional changes to the way organizations do it. Whether we are speaking about sales or finance reporting and business administration platforms, we are speaking about the relationship business-customer, or in-house infrastructure solutions, the modern workplace came along way to unmute those funels in communication and presentation between people. The mobility and security of the shared and presented data has came to the peak of using the layered security features and device management. You can easily do your presentation on any device, secured within a company’s network without sitting on your personal work station. It’s all about time and cost efficiency and creating an additional gap of free time of a person, company’s most valuable resource – an employee. At least it should be like that.
ITAF and modern workplace
What new workplace trends will become the prophecy that change the way we work and live?
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