2017 Workplace Trends

As we say goodbye to 2016, the year the music died (literally), with so many deaths of iconic musicians from Prince to David Bowie, we welcome the new year.  And with the new year comes some big changes for business owners and their employees.  With a number of Millennials working themselves into management positions this upcoming year, we expect to see some dramatic changes.  So, let’s examine what 2017 has instore.

  • 2017 is the year of HR, with technology creating an abundance of data not only on customers but employees as well.  As we’ve seen with automation of HR, and payroll for that matter, companies are using this data to make improvements in the evolution of an employee.  From the onboarding process to promotions, software platforms managing HR have made major strides in this sector, such as Kronos SaaShr.  Kronos SaaShr is a full suite software encompassing HR, time keeping, and payroll.  And it just happens to be the software used by charpay.wpengine.com SaaShr offers a low cost alternative to actually investing in an HR department, but can greatly improve productivity if a company already employees HR personnel.

 

  • The blended workforce will become more commonplace where we didn’t traditionally see it before.  The so-called gig economy, companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, has created a flourishing new workforce putting independent contractors next to full-time employees.  Not to say this hasn’t happened in the past, but we will see more employers embracing this concept.  It has great advantages for both parties, the employer and employee.  For the employer, it allows for companies to bring on team members where needed, without committing to another set cost.  For the employee, it allows for greater freedom in the workplace, giving them the option to take specific jobs as needed.

 

  • The rise of the casual office is another idea that will take form in the upcoming year, from attire to scheduling.  This again can be contributed to the fact that the younger generations, Millennials and Generation Y, will dominate the workforce.  Ties and khakis will make way for t-shirts and jeans.  Greater flexibility will mean more employees will be given the option to work from home, with technology making your home just as productive as the office.  Employers understand that freedom equals happy employees, and happy employees are productive employees.