Workplace Trends for 2017

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Workplace Trends for 2017

The job market is, thankfully, continuing to improve and this gives candidates more leverage when it comes to choosing their next career move. Non traditional perks are making their way into the workplace to woo potential new employees. Forbes rounded up the Top 10 Workplace Trends expected for 2017.

  1. Companies focus on improving their candidate and employee experiences. Companies have always created marketing experiences for customers, and prospects, in order to delight them, increase loyalty and grow their revenues. Next year, you will see the walls come down between your HR, marketing and customer service departments in order to develop experiences for both candidates and employees.
  1. The blended workforce is on the rise. In the past five years, the gig economy has become a major trend impacting the global workforce, and has created a new kind of diversity, with full-time permanent employees working side-by-side with freelancers.
  1. Annual performance reviews evolve into more continuous reviews. One of the biggest discussions in HR circles is performance reviews, how to transform them and implement something new that serves both managers and employees. Professionals today desire instant feedback, a behavior they’ve adopted from the instant gratification they receive on social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Younger generations are especially impatient and are unwilling to wait a whole year to learn about their strengths and areas of improvement.
  1. Millennials meet Generation Z in the workplace. 2016 marks the first year that gen Z is in the workplace, while a third of millennials are in management roles, some of whom have direct reports. 2017 will mark the first full year that gen Z will be settled into the workplace, with a new outlook on business, new demands and widening the technology gap even more between younger and older workers.
  1. Augmented and virtual reality revolutionize recruiting and training. While there has been a lot of hype around new forms of reality in 2016, companies are going to take it a lot more serious in 2017 as new equipment, programs and use cases surface.
  2. The war for talent heats up as the employer and employee contract continues to evolve. The average tenure for employees, regardless of age is a mere 4.6 years in the United States and based on numerous studies we’ve conducted, millennials leave after two years. Employers have recognized that there is no lifetime employment contract and some companies have incorporate strategies from the book “The Alliance” as they implement “tours of duty” to appease employees. Through hardware, including smartphones and wearables, and social networking sites, talent is more freely available and talent has more opportunities to choose from.
  1. Organizations restructure to focus on team over individual performance. One of the most fascinating trends, despite the rise of the gig economy, is the emphasis of teamwork regardless of employment situation, industry or politics in a company. While individuals have their own career agenda, companies are now structured with teams because high performing teams will enable them to compete for the future.
  1. Workplace wellness, and well-being, become critical employee benefits for attracting top talent. Companies are using wellness programs to lower absenteeism, attract talent, and save on healthcare costs, while employees have become more health conscious in the past several years.
  1. Companies get creative with their employee benefit packages and perks. Fair compensation is most important to all age groups, genders and ethnicities almost unanimously around the world based on several studies that I’ve conducted over the years. Once you get past pay, then the two most important employee benefits are healthcare coverage and work flexibility, a benefit that wasn’t mainstream a decade ago but is today because of the sheer demands of work and our “always on”society.
  2. Office attire and workplace culture becomes more casual. Several years ago, Virgin Founder Richard Branson was on the cover of Forbes Magazine with a scissors cutting off his tie, calling for the end of business formal attire. With the rise of younger generations, and more employees working remote, there’s no doubt that the workplace is increasingly casual.

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