It’s an inevitable truth – the workplace is changing. As the world we live in changes, so does the way we work, and the shifts that are happening are leaving us more empowered; able to leave tradition behind and focus on working in a way that most makes sense for us.
But what are the major driving forces behind these changes? Here are four of the most prominent examples:
We blame them for everything, right? But in this case, not only is the rise of the millennial in the workplace a true driving force behind change, it’s also a very positive thing. Millennials are searching for something more than ‘working to live’.
“[Millennials] come to work to have an experience – to meet people, to experience an enjoyable environment and to network.” ~ The Modern Workplace 2018: People, Places & Technology Report
This means the millennial generation are looking to be inspired, both by their work surroundings and their responsibilities – think more relaxed, creative environments and a focus on working in a more flexible manner.
Speaking of flexibility in the workplace, the idea itself is another huge driving force behind the shifting landscape of our modern working lives. Workers of all generations and backgrounds have long seen the benefits of a more flexible workplace, but tradition has held the concept back, instead believing that working a solid 9-5pm, Monday to Friday work week, and always being present at your desk, leads to the greatest productivity. We now know that this isn’t necessarily true – nearly all business leaders surveyed in The Modern Workplace 2018: People, Places & Technology Report support flexible working practices, and recognise the practice as a growing trend.
Collaboration is a prominent buzzword in business, and for good reason. Business leaders and experts have identified that a more connected workforce is only a positive, often leading to stronger relationships, increased creativity and better idea-sharing between colleagues. One area where collaboration is really driving change in the workplace is design. Encouraging collaboration has meant getting rid of more conventional office layouts; removing walls and adding breakout spaces for more social discussion between colleagues.
An unfortunate truth of the modern workplace is that cost saving is necessary. The global financial crashes of the late 2000s still hold influence over many industries, and have meant that business leaders must look for creative solutions to save money and reduce overhead costs. It can be difficult to balance the concept of cost saving with ensuring that your workplace evolves as necessary, but luckily, it is now easier than ever to add to your workplace without subtracting. As technology and workplace resources become more affordable, flexibility ensures we continue to move forward.