How are people working in 2019?

Workplaces have changed a lot over the last few years. Today, fewer people sit at their desks 9-5 than ever before and finding the right culture-fit is high on the priority list of a new generation of employees. So, as we begin a new year, just what are the working trends we can expect in 2019?

Choice

With SaaS helping to cultivate new working patterns, in 2019 the greater choice employees have about where they get their jobs done the happier they will be.

Indeed, with regularly disrupted public transport and a desire for a better work/life balance, it’s no surprise that more and more of us choose to work remotely over commuting. As such, mobile working has never been more important to employees, so it’s vital that employers invest in the tools necessary to support this new way of working.

Flexibility

There has been plenty of research which supports the idea that flexible working can result in increased efficiency and productivity.

There are two main types of flexible working open to employers:

  • Working from home
  • Flexitime – where workers set their own working hours.

Crucially, as well as feeling more productive, three in four workers feel that working flexibly leads to increases in their job satisfaction[1].

Productivity

In 2019, employees don’t want to waste valuable hours because they don’t have the tools they need to do their jobs. Indeed, technology failure can lead to high levels of stress as workers struggle to get their work done in their agreed hours. And, this can have a domino effect as these workers go off sick and their colleagues have to take on even more responsibilities.

Studies also show that a growing number of employees feel more productive working from home compared to those working at the office. So here again, having the right tools to work remotely is crucial.

Wellbeing

In 2016/17, 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety[2]. In 2019, creating a culture of wellbeing is crucial for any business that wants to contribute to a positive working environment and reduce the impact of sick days on their operations.

How to keep up with workplace trends

To help keep up with workplace trends, in 2019 employers should look to:

  • Invest in the tech employees need to do their jobs. This will reduce workplace stress
  • Put the right processes in place to support mobile staff and keep the lines of communication open
  • Encourage employees to switch off when not at work
  • Remove the culture of presenteeism.

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[1] Vodafone
[2]HSE