5 Biggest Workplace Trends of the Year So Far
With the UK currently experiencing a sweltering heatwave, it’s safe to say that summer is finally here. Christmas feels like it was only a few weeks ago, but with June having come to a close, we’re halfway through 2018 already. So we thought now would be a great time to have a look at the 5 biggest workplace trends of 2018 so far.
1. The Move to Shared Work Spaces
According to Cushman & Wakefield, in 2017, flexible working spaces made up a massive 21% of all office space in London, and this shift away from the traditional workspace is showing no signs of slowing down in 2018. Co-working spaces and shared workspaces are becoming more popular with businesses of all sizes, from an individual freelancer to corporate firms with hundreds of employees. In London alone there are hundreds of co-working and shared workspaces, all varying in size, price and location.
Making the move to a co-working space or shared workplace can not only be beneficial to an organisation (in terms of financial savings versus renting a traditional office space), but they can also have a positive impact on the employees, as being surrounded by like-minded people can have a great impact on productivity and creativity. Click here to read more about the benefits of co-working.
2. Investing in Skills
Companies are investing in the personal development of their employees a lot more. Whether it is funding further education, or enrolment on a course that increases knowledge of a particular subject, managers continue to see the importance of investing in their team. Not only does it help the employee grow and learn, the investment shows they are a valued team-member. Ultimately, this investment will have a positive impact on the company, as an employee’s increased knowledge will help the business thrive.
3. A Major Focus on Employee Wellbeing and Experience
Your employees make your business. If they are happy and healthy, it will show in their work. The first 6 months of 2018 have seen a continued focus on employee wellbeing (read our blog to find out more about why investing in employee wellbeing is so important). Employees expect that their mental and physical health will be looked after and taken seriously, and many expect their employers to have a strong strategy to deal with any issues they have. Nowadays, employees and employers alike recognise the importance of a good work-life balance, and they appreciate that 100-hour weeks aren’t necessarily a good thing. A poor work-life balance can lead to burnout, loss of productivity or poor mental health.
Similarly, workplace design is being altered by the focus on employee wellbeing and their overall experience. Breakout zones are becoming more common, as are open plan offices and the introduction of hot-desking. The traditional way of breaking up an office space, with individual offices, cubicles or partition walls, is being replaced by removing partitions altogether and instead having big, airy spaces with plenty of natural light.
4. Flexible Working
One of the biggest trends of the year so far is the move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to working. Employers know that what works for one will not necessarily work for another, so a more individual approach is becoming more and more popular. Many studies have shown that a happier workforce results in higher productivity, and one easy (and free) way to ensure your workforce is happy is by offering flexible working, such as allowing your employees to work remotely or choose their own working hours.
5. Focus on Sustainability
As consumers, we are becoming more aware of how our actions are affecting the planet, and this has trickled into the workplace. Recent years have seen the way buildings are designed and built change dramatically and this has continued into 2018. Improvements in technology have made our quest to become more environmentally friendly much easier. For example, at the touch of a button (or in most cases, the touch of a smartphone screen) a Facilities Manager is able to access data relating to the energy usage of an entire office space, and can make alterations to ensure optimum efficiency.
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