The Top 4 Workplace Trends of 2017

2017 has been a remarkable year of hiring according to job market experts in the U.S. Pay was on the rise and most companies added new jobs to the overall job market averaging 180,000 jobs per month. According to Glassdoor’s latest reports, there were a record number of unfulfilled jobs as of April 2017. The number stood at 5.85 million.

Most of the companies were hiring for the tech roles which reinstated the role of technology in the modern world. Below are the top four trends that changed the workplace in 2017.

Greater Adoption of Human Resource Technology

Technology has finally caught up with the human resource department in many organizations. HR departments are leveraging more technology in 2017 than the previous years. The HR managers are adopting the use of more integrated apps to seamlessly bring together various tasks such as labor scheduling, training, onboarding, and performance management.

Through technology, the managers have been able to improve employee engagement and productivity. The HR managers are also using technology to promote company brands and their employment strategies. For example, videos are now incorporated in career portals to engage the prospective candidates further. Employer respondents have also increased their use of social media to market their brands online.

Evolving Workplace Strategy

Companies are looking for ways of defining their workplace strategy more coherently. The workplace strategy describes the relationship between people, place, technology, and culture. The workplace strategy is critical in providing clarity and ensuring overall company success.

Most organizations around the world have resolved to adopt alternative workplace strategies such as Activity-Based Working (ABW). With an evolved workplace strategy, HR managers are forced to shift their mode of operation to ensure seamless operation within the organization.

Evolving Employment Brands

As baby boomers begin to find their way out of the workplace, millennials are taking over. Market research shows that millennials will be making more than half of the managers in organizations all over the world by 2020. Further, more than 75 percent of essential workplace activities such as supervision, labor scheduling, and resource allocation will be determined by a younger generation.

We expect more Generation Z-ers (born after 1995) to start claiming their share of the job market hence a younger workforce. Employers are looking for ways of handling the young workforce to ensure maximum productivity and reduce inter-generation conflicts at the workplace.

Increased Automation

There has been a talk of how automation will render the human labor obsolete. However, mass layoffs due to automation are highly unlikely. The tasks that will be most affected by automation are the routine jobs that need to be done the same way over and over again without much flexibility.

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