CONCLUSIONS

THE FUTURE OF THE WORK ENVIRONMENT

Based on the feedback given to us by the participants of the workshop, there’s a great deal that businesses and organisations can begin to do in order to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of tomorrow’s workforce.

TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE

PEOPLE

It’s clear that, in order to attract tomorrow’s workforce, organisations need to put the needs of people before the needs of business.

Businesses need to work on creating more collaborative environments. The workplace should have a greater community feel where people can come together and share ideas.The attitude of ‘this is the way we’ve always done it’ is obsolete.

Businesses need to offer far more flexibility in their day to day work – and invest in technology that makes this easier to achieve.

Employers also need to focus on the personal development of their staff. The more they learn and grow, the more likely they are to stay loyal.

 

REMOTE WORKING

PLACES

Millennials blur the line between work and home life, so organisations need to look at creating an environment that’s more aligned to their expectations of work/life balance.

By creating dynamic virtual workplaces, employers can give the next generation of workers the freedom to work more efficiently. Organisations need to give their future workforce more ways of communicating, as well as better tools and the technology to collaborate remotely.

The physical environment needs to change too. This younger generation thrive in shared spaces that allow them to socialise and have fun, as well as work. Something as simple as adding a few plants to the office can help employees feel more connected to nature and can have a positive impact.

 

FLEXIBLE WORKING

PROGRESS

Millennials are looking for a workplace environment where they can develop their skills.

During the workshop it became clear that this generation craves the chance to contribute creatively to the workforce and have their ideas heard. With the vast amount of new products, new technologies and new ways of working in the future, workers will need to become more creative in order to benefit from the changes.

Allowing them to be more creative and making them feel like their views and opinions are important is a good way to increase loyalty in the workforce of tomorrow.

It also became clear that they care about the diversity in the workplace. Organisations with a workforce comprised of individuals of different ages, cultures and genders have a great appeal to them. Workplaces should allow individuals who may have special needs to modify their workspace as necessary with minimal administrative hassle and maximum discretion, thus advancing inclusiveness organically.

 

WORK LIFE BALANCE

PURPOSE

Millennials care about causes larger than just themselves. They want to work with companies that reflect their personal values and who share their passion. Having a strong ethical or responsible company ethos can be a stronger attraction to the workforce of the future than the offer of a fat paycheck.

Mentoring and equality are extremely important to them too. Businesses need to offer them coaches rather than bosses. They want to work for a manager who will be their coach, guide, and mentor. They want a manager who will care about them, both as a person and an employee. The boss for this generation is someone they can talk to, ask questions of, seek advice from, and who will give counsel. They want to feel free to ask questions, accept feedback, report mistakes, disagree, or propose new ideas.

If you have any questions, or would like to find out how Sharp can help your business be a successful workplace of the future, don’t hesitate to call a member of our team on XXXXXXX.

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TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE

people

To be ready for the future we need to understand the mindset, fears and opportunities that tomorrow’s workforce believe this new technology will create.

REMOTE WORKING

people

The impact of technology on the future workplace doesn’t just affect the people at work, it affects where they work too. Millennials see two types of workplace in the future: virtual and physical.

FLEXIBLE WORKING

people

For Millennials, finding the right place to work is only part of their ambition. Not only are they looking for the right environment, but they are also looking for somewhere to develop their skills.

WORK LIFE BALANCE

people

The group we spoke to told us that they want closer relationships with their managers so they feel comfortable with expressing opinions and highlighting issues. They told us they don’t see their job as just a job, but rather as an important part of their lives.

THE FUTURE OF WORK ENVIRONMENT

people

Based on the feedback given to us by the participants of the workshop, there’s a great deal that businesses and organisations can begin to do in order to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of tomorrow’s workforce.