Our way of working finds itself in a state of flux. This change is not entirely new or uncommon. New technologies are influencing tomorrow’s working environment and even if, at present, a few workers and companies are still fighting against changes, they will in the future be forced to acclimatise to certain developments.
These days, modern employees must be involved in lifelong learning because work processes are changing faster than in the past century and are partly digitised and automated.
However, companies are increasingly becoming more transparent and the modern human resource policy relies on open communication, trust and flexibility. Websites, such as Great Place To Work or the muse, offer direct insight into the work climate of firms. Whoever wants to attract talent, and keep it long term, has to present itself as a more attractive employer and implement concepts like life and workplace flexibility. Management personnel who ignore the modern form of working run the risk of losing talent and damaging the employee satisfaction and productivity with their work climate.
The following developments and trends will have a say in the working world of tomorrow.
The Most Important Trends of the Modern Working Environment
Digitization is a process that virtually every company must face and which is changing our working world step by step. The switch-over from analogue to digital processes does not occur overnight of course. Yet, the theme digitalization meanwhile is incorporated by nearly every company in the corporate strategy, in order to assure the company’s own competitiveness. New information technologies will change our way of communicating and companies will have to grapple with themes like “big data” and “information security”.
With regard to the demand for a life-work-balance, in the future companies will be increasingly concerned with the theme of labour market flexibility. At Microsoft, employees can already choose their working location with flexibility. The US-American IT enterprise has brought into being „job location freedom“. Employees can work at the office, home office or on the move. From an entrepreneurial point of view, thanks to “home office”, costs are reduced and firms with few attractive work locations have increased in value.
The concept “feel good” has people at the centre of enterprising happenings and is now a trend in Germany. Feel Good Managers invite staff to actively help fashion the working atmosphere so that employees feel at ease and so they have space for productive work. Feel good management is a modern concept of the development of the corporate culture.
“Agility” is the favourite word of the modern world of work. In translation “agile work” means as much as decentralized structures, transparency and open communication. In the field of software “agile work” is applied with methods like Kanban or Scrum. Self-regulating teams and trust on the part of management are likewise important preconditions of “agile work”.
The concept “co-working” refers to collaboration in shared offices. In many places, there are already “co-working” spaces in which freelance professionals and young companies can rent a work area with flexibility. Whoever rents space in a “co-working” agreement profits from the infrastructure of the office premises and remains without obligation and flexible in terms of time. Companies with permanent employees have also partly introduced flexible desks in fixed office premises.