Modern workplaces are in a constant state of evolution. From rapidly-advancing technologies to changing attitudes and preferences, you can expect 2019 to be another year of change. If you are looking to evolve as an organization, here are some trends to keep an eye on in the coming year.
The Prioritization of Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is more than just a buzzword – it an accepted critical success factor for employees at all levels. Much of the push towards improved emotional intelligence is coming from millennials who value open, ongoing communication and who have intense awareness that people have unique responses to stimuli and stress. Emotionally intelligent people help to build a more collaborative and supportive workplace culture, and more employers are focusing on identifying candidates who have a high level of EQ.
Renewed Focus On Retention
With unemployment hovering at 4%, it’s not just hiring that is a challenge, it is retention. Companies can’t rely on active job candidates to fill their open positions, so they are focusing on building relationships with passive talent. Many talented employees are open to making a change in a market like this, thanks to a more stable economy than we’ve seen in recent years. Companies are focusing on building positive cultures, providing paths for advancement, offering flexible work options, unlimited vacation and other perks to help retain the talent they have.
Automation is becoming much more prevalent in all industries – not just manufacturing. Companies are looking for ways to automate basic, mundane and repetitive tasks to free up talented people for more strategic roles. Rather than being replaced by robots or artificial intelligence, many people will begin to work alongside technology, leveraging it in a way that enhances their work.
Workplace wellness is not a new concept, but thanks to the skyrocketing costs of healthcare and data that shows wellness programs do improve heath and attendance, more companies are hopping on the bandwagon. Watch for workplace wellness initiatives to extend beyond physical health and to include support for mental health, as well. From quiet rooms where employees can escape a noisy open floor plan to stress-relieving activities like yoga to stronger work-life balance, companies are playing a bigger role in helping workers manage stress and maintain their mental health.
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