Times are changing, and they’re changing fast. A younger generation of managers combined with a technology landscape that is shifting rapidly means the traditional office culture is becoming a thing of the past. The following workplace trends are happening in offices around the world and will be shaping office culture for years to come.
Millennials are moving in to leadership roles.
According to a study by Elance-oDesk and Millennial Branding, 28% of millennials have reached management level, and 33% see themselves as managers in 10 years. The same study identified and differentiated the character traits of millennials versus Generation X. As more millennials reach leadership positions within companies, workplace cultures will likely reflect the traits seen in a majority of millennials who are currently working their way up the corporate ladder.
Technology, specifically mobile devices, are driving recruitment practices.
Online job site Beyond.com surveyed 4,000 users and found that 83% of job seekers currently use smartphones or tablets when searching for jobs. Although it seems that computers are still the preferred vehicle for completing job applications, mobile devices are important to those who are looking for open jobs on the go.
Flexibility is a must.
The technology that businesses use to recruit employees also keeps them connected more when they’re out of the office. The 2015 Workplace Flexibility Study, released in February 2015, shows a thin line between work and home. Consider this:
- 1 in 5 employees spent more than 20 hours working outside of the office during their personal time during the week.
- 65% of employees say their boss expects to be able to reach them outside of the office.
- 26% of HR professionals surveyed say their companies expect their employees to be reachable by both phone and email while outside of the office.
Easy access outside of the office can be attributed to the wide proliferation of mobile devices. However, this constant connection between work and home leads to higher employee expectations of flexibility and time out of the office. Seventy-five percent of the employees surveyed in the study rank workplace flexibility as a top benefit, and those companies that implement flexible schedules see positive results.
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