WORKPLACE TRENDS 2017In an article from Office Magazine we encountered the most important trends in the workplace. Dan Schwabel, an American writer and Research Director at Future Workplace, gives his vision every year. These  are the 10 developments of 2017 in a row:

1. More attention for staff
As the labor market is expected to improve, more attention will be paid to staff retrieval and retention. More and more companies focus on the question: why WOULD an employee work for me? Traditionally, this is complemented by the creation of an optimal corporate culture, but increasingly important is the work environment and even the means by which staff must do their work. A company that provides good chairs and tables, good work tools at the desk (including up-to-date soft and hardware), but also a good canteen, ensures that its employees are happy to work so that they can perform optimally, but especially: thereby creating a better customer experience. Furthermore, more and more people are monitored to change jobs, so that they can be taken on time,

2. Trend to a mix of permanent and freelance staff
The share of freelancers in corporate staff is expected to increase to about 40% in the coming years. 93% Of the companies, a mix of permanent staff and freelancers is already quite normal, and it sees it as an essential element in the company's flexibility.

3. Continuous feedback on performance
With the emergence of big data, we can not wait until the end of the (book) year to assess whether we have done well, we need continuous feedback and reviews to be able to instantly switch. Especially the younger generation, used to instant feedback and input through social media, expects immediate feedback to continue or bend behavior. Additionally, a quarter of all employees already find that an annual evaluation of the work does not lead to anything. Continuous feedback appears to lead to much higher productivity.

4. The rise of generation Z
2017 is the first year that Generation Z will manifest itself on the workfloor from the first day, while the previous generation, the Millennials, has since been transferred to the management functions. Although both generations say that their education is well-prepared, the generation gap can lead to frictions, especially because very few companies are geared to quickly redirecting the new generation to the management level.

5. VR and AR deployment for human resources
With the rise of increasingly superior hardware and software, companies are beginning to take the somewhat harsh world of virtual reality and augmented reality ever more seriously. A quarter of the current staff would like 3D technology and VR to be actively used in the workplace, and that will only increase as consumers embrace this new technology. VR can be used to educate new staff so that the expectation and reality of both sides connect better.

6. The battle for talents increases
Increases your life for one and the same boss is no longer of this age. The reality is that people are picking up, and nowadays it usually happens within a year or five. That leads to the fact that two thirds of the employees are actively looking for another challenge, and that almost half of the employers do not get their workplaces filled. 90% Thus, employers expect the battle for talent to increase, especially in the BRIC countries. A means to hold staff longer is to ensure that they want to work for you. See trend 1.

7. Organizational Structures Focused on
Team Performance There is an increasing trend among companies to focus on team performance rather than individual performance. By structuring the company around teams, companies are able to operate more competitively and flexibly in their market. The youngest generations are also used to working in teams and sports, and expect that culture from their company, while 92% of companies say that the (re) design of the organization belongs to their top priorities.

8. Wellness and satisfaction
Employees are increasingly expecting companies to work for their satisfaction at the workplace. Wellness programs ensure that staff keep working at a company, but also reduces the days of sickness of the staff. Businesses also realize that stress is the key factor in keeping a healthy functioning of the staff.

9. A creative commitment to secondary working conditions
Everyone receives a fair amount of compensation for the commitment. Primarily there is the salary, but in addition two factors are increasing: health and work flexibility. Most people find flexible work even more important than a good care package, but only a third of companies offer that. In addition, there is a growing focus on the possibility that companies will compensate their workers' academic debts, even here again to tie staff to their own.

10. Every day casual friday
Appropriate work and office clothes are becoming more casual. The tie is on its return, the future is on jeans and t-shirts. This trend is driven mainly by the fact that people often do more work at home and, of course, are wearing casual clothes.

Date: 08-09-2017

Source: Text: Number Giesbers,

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