With 2016 in the books, we now look forward to what 2017 has in store for us. Based on recent hiring forecasts, it looks like another solid year in the workplace is coming for both employers and job seekers. In the following post, we will look at five big-picture workplace trends predicted in 2017, including here at QPS.
In recent years, there has been a push for diversity in the workplace and for good reason. Several studies have shown that the benefits of a diverse workforce outweigh the challenges. Resistance to change may be the largest obstacle. However, diversity allow businesses to increase adaptability and obtain a broader range of service. The blended workforce takes diversity to the next level having not only different types of people but different types of workers. Increasing number of companies are utilizing contract/temporary workers in addition to permanent full-time employees. This is great news for everyone at QPS, including our clients and Associate Employees. We will all be needing each other more than ever during this upcoming year.
According to a study done by TinyPulse, a leading employee engagement platform, nearly 60% of prospective candidates have had a poor experience when applying for work. For employers, this statistic may be the push needed to develop better processes in the hiring and training of employees. Options include streamlining the application process, providing more relevant training or developing a candidate management system.
A generational shift is taking place with Baby Boomers retiring and Millennials taking on management roles. Annual reviews are transitioning to becoming a thing of the past. The push for constant feedback and transparent communication among the current workers could lead to a complete overhaul of many companies' review systems. A continuous review option that allows for real-time performance analysis could provide the change needed for businesses and employees to improve each and every day.
The importance of collaboration and teamwork will continue to play a large role in organizational development as companies will restructure their facilities and goals to put the team, instead of the individual, as the focus. We may see cubicle walls come down and departments rearranged to allow for more open communication across the entire company. Additionally, team-based performance rewards and bonuses will take precedent over the previous independent models.
Related to the blended workforce is the continuing popularity of “job hopping.” Many people entering the workforce now are looking for variety in their day-to-day work and faster opportunities for career growth. Because of this, many will look at their current company as a stepping stone towards their ultimate goal to success. This development have given employees more leverage than ever before, forcing employers to make decisions on either providing a worthwhile experience or losing their top talent.
Below are some additional trends that you may see as well for 2017:
- Rising of Wellness-Related Benefits
- Implementing of Virtual & Augmented Reality in Recruiting & Training
- Continuing Presence of the Casual Workplace
- Growing Importance of Middle Management
- Developing of Leadership Programs
Looking for a fresh start in 2017? Check out our available jobs now!