A glimpse of workplace trends of the future

Published by WitWork Team on July 14, 2020

The pandemic hasn’t just transformed life as we know it, it has also sent ripples of change into the way we work. Formerly staunch companies that required their employees to work on-site have been compelled to adopt remote working. Employees that placed work above all else have learned the importance of work-life balance as burn out lurked during lock down.

The good news is that the future of work promises exciting changes for employees, with their personal happiness and job satisfaction becoming a company priority. Here are some changes to expect in the near future.

“See you soon” with boomerang hiring

Put yourself in the shoes of a business owner for a moment. Would you consider rehiring a former employee? The workplace is becoming cyclical with former employees rejoining companies a few months or years after their resignation. 76% of HR professionals say they are more open to welcoming back former employees today than in the past. This new recruitment trend is called “boomerang hiring”. During their time away from the organization, the employees will have earned new skills from courses or working with other companies. Boomerang hiring also saves a company time on employee orientation and lowers the risk of newcomers’ error.

The clock is ticking with shorter meetings

Despite technological advancement, meetings have grown longer over time, with the average meeting being 10% longer than in 2000. Despite 15% of an organization’s overall time being spent in meetings, they adversely impact an employee’s productivity. With productivity and employee happiness competing for the top rank of a company’s priorities, meetings will probably be shorter. Commuting is another common bane among employees. We may see less of that in the future as remote meetings cement their place in the new normal. A white paper on the future of meetings shared that the perfect meeting could be as short as 22 minutes. The secrets to a perfect meeting aren’t beyond reach – they lie in using better technology and being mindful about everyone’s time and schedule. Training yourself and team in the art of brevity and concise communication could also save you all some time.



Don’t tell when you can show with results-driven performance

The way companies measure productivity is less about the amount of time you spend at your desk and more about how many tasks you’ve crossed off your to-do list. Monitoring how long employees spend at their desk has become impossible with WFH, so employers have shifted their focus to actual productivity and task completion. This is paving the way to a new future – one that allows flexible hours and remote working as long as the work gets done.

WFH could be the stepping stone to remote work spaces

Prior to the pandemic, a stunning 44% of international companies didn’t allow their employees to work remotely. This has been contrasted by the hiring trends of startups and small organizations – teams that don’t have an official headquarters and prefer to work from home or flexible workspaces.

When surveyed, remote workers report fewer distractions and less stress than those that are obliged to work at offices. Now that WFH has proved to employees that working off-site is a viable option, the rise of remote work either from home or from flexible workspaces is sure to continue.

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