The workplace as we know it is undergoing massive and disruptive continuous changes and research shows that this trend is not stopping any time soon.
Why is the Workplace Changing?
Numerous factors are contributing to the changes taking place in the workplace. Some of these include;
A. The evolving composition of employees
Since 2016, millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) have surpassed baby boomers and generation Xs as the biggest generation in the United States workforce. Based on 2017 research by Pew Research Center, millennials accounted for 35% of the workforce, followed by Generation Xs at 33% and Boomers at 25%. By 2025, it is estimated that millennials will comprise 75% of the entire global workforce.
B. Technological innovation
Technology has taken over the world and generations such as millennials and Generation Zs are using technology more than ever before.
C. Increased emphasis on work-life balance
Across the world, there is an increased emphasis on work-life balance. This means modern employees desire not only professional development but also personal development; including helping employees to deal with daily pressures of life more easily.
How Does the Future Workplace Look Like?
In line with these changes and more, the workplace of the future includes features such as;
Flexible Working Schedules
Millennials and younger generations are finding it more desirable to work remotely for example, from home. Not only does this give them a sense of responsibility, but it also allows them to minimize commuting costs and generally improves their well-being. Research suggests that already, 70% of workers around the world work remotely at least once a week.
A. Increased use of technology in the workplace
Technology plays a central role in the lives of workers around the world; especially among millennials and younger generations. The future workplace will make greater use of automation and smart technology such as artificial intelligence, robots and the Internet of Things. Trends such as Bring Your Own Digital Experience in the workplace may also grow in popularity.
B. More Flexible and Functional Workspaces
As work schedules become more flexible, workplaces need to adapt and become more flexible and more functional. For example, the future workplace will be reconfigurable allowing them to be adapted to the changing needs and requirements of users.
C. Increased emphasis on true human connections
As technology plays a greater role in all aspects of human life, people are seeking increased opportunities to truly interact with others and forge meaningful social connections. In addition to that, real human connections will play a central role in enhancing workers’ emotional and mental wellbeing.