“Future: If you can create something inspirational for the future, it’s easy to let go of the past.” – Melchor Lim
Welcome to 2017. Ushering a new president, season 7 of Game of Thrones and perhaps an iPhone 10? Aside from those oh-so-minor happenings, what else does the future hold for us in 2017? Here are a few of our favorite trends/predictions for the workplace.
The blended workforce is on the rise. In the past five years, the gig economy has become a major trend impacting the global workforce, and has created a new kind of diversity, with full-time permanent employees working side-by-side with freelancers. A study exploring the gig economy found that 93% of companies already identify the blended workforce as they’re seeing freelance workers teaming up with employees to work on projects together. In addition, the top reason why outperforming employers are benefiting from the blended workforce is “more flexible teaming”.
Millenials meet Generation Z in the workplace. 2016 marks the first year that gen Z is in the workplace, while a third of milenials are in management roles, some of whom have direct reports. 2017 will mark the first full year that gen Z will be settled into the workplace, with a new outlook on business, new demands and widening the technology gap even more between younger and older workers. A new study found that 78% of gen Zs and millenials said that their expectations of their current workplace have been met, and their education actually did prepare them for the working world.
Office attire and workplace culture becomes more casual. Several years ago, Virgin Founder Richard Branson was on the cover of Forbes Magazine with a scissors cutting off his tie, calling for the end of business formal attire. With the rise of younger generations, and more employees working remote, there’s no doubt that the workplace is increasingly casual.