​3 workplace trends you shouldn’t ignore

Organizations should regularly check in to see if their employee’s needs are being met,… more ISTOCK (FUNSTOCK)

Organizations should regularly check in to see if their employee’s needs are being met,… more

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For the first time, there can be as many as five generations working together in the office, and each age group comes with its own preferences and perspectives on how and where work should be done.

It’s important for employers to be in tune with what their workers want and need, as there is increasing competition among organizations to find people with the skills and abilities to succeed.

MBJ recently spoke with Dean Aloise, global HR consulting leader at Xerox HR Services, about three workplace trends all organizations should pay attention to now. We especially agree with #2:

2. The role of the office environment
Dean encourages employers to not settle for a traditional office space. Redesign the layout so employees have a variety of spaces to get different types of work done, including areas where people can meet and collaborate. Or, if you’re interested in giving up your traditional office entirely, consider daily/hourly office space rentals, or allowing your people to work remotely from a place of their choosing, like a home office.

In addition to how the office looks and feels, it’s important to consider how it operates. Gone are the days of the typical nine-to-five work schedule. People now demand flexibility in the workplace, whether it’s to accommodate doctor appointments, attend a child’s sporting event, or tend to personal priorities. It’s critical for organizations to offer flexible options to attract and retain top talent.
— Dean Aloise