The New Year’s resolutions are upon us. It’s a time to prepare for 2017 and a time to reflect on the past year. Whether you’re making personal goals or business related goals, read on to learn more about the workplace trends that you can expect to see in this new year.
The only thing certain about technology is that it’s constantly evolving. The business world has already seen its first look at virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and wearable technology. These technologies provide job seekers with a real look into their potential position and allows them to make more informed employment decisions. It also allows employees to take training to the next level, giving them the chance to become acclimated to the position before their first day.
Stronger Focus on Empathy
2016 was a year of global unrest, and people entering the workforce are placing more importance on the quality of the work environment. Harvard Business Review’s Empathy Index includes the following categories in its company rankings: ethics, leadership, organizational culture, brand perception, and public messaging through social media. As millennials continue to rank higher in the workforce, more emphasis is being placed on good relationships and a high quality work environment.
Blended workforces will be seen as more acceptable in 2017. As virtual work has become popular in the last few years, 80 to 90 percent of US workers says that they would telework at least part time. Taking advantage of a blended workforce may save your company money, encourage a better work environment, and lead to the production of better work.
Improved Performance Management
You won’t accomplish your New Year’s resolutions by reviewing the mistakes and accomplishments of the past year. To succeed you must also look ahead. That’s why companies will be focusing on improved performance management in the new year as a way to ensure that all team members are on the same page and heading into a similar direction.
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