Workplaces are constantly changing, especially as factors such as economic uncertainty and a growing jobs market continue to influence business trends. In the UK, the consequences of Brexit could also affect many industries and change the way they recruit staff. But what does this mean for employers and employees? Let’s take a look at some of the workplace trends we could see throughout 2017.
A New, Combined Workforce
We already know from the past few years that the freelance economy is booming, and more and more businesses – especially SMEs – are choosing this kind of employment. Workplaces are starting to adapt and create a blended workforce of all kinds of staff – permanent employees, temporary staff and freelancers. They will work alongside one another on projects and unify to help businesses prosper, instead of being an obstacle like some predicted.
This trend has been around for a while, but co-working might just overtake the traditional office in 2017. Co-working hubs are a revolution for self-employed freelancers and start-ups, but larger companies are also starting to take notice. They are re-designing offices to have the same social atmosphere and allowing staff to hotdesk to boost productivity. Additionally, with more businesses allowing flexible working hours and working from home options, more employees can also benefit from these co-working spaces.
Wellness Takes Centre Stage
Employers have finally realised that there is a connection to unhealthy lifestyles and unhealthy work-life balance and long term sickness. Work wellness is set to boom in 2017, with companies going all out in terms of office design incorporating natural light and green spaces. You’ll also see more fitness programmes and stress-busting events including yoga and meditation at lunchtime. Happy and healthy staff are more productive after all, so it all pays off.
Narrowing the Gender Pay Gap
We’re not sure why it’s taken this long, but it looks like 2017 may actually be the year that we make some progress on the gender pay gap. In the past many companies have preferred to stay hush on what they pay their employees, but from now on it will be the law to report it. Employers will have to calculate if they have a gender pay gap and publish the details by April 2018. The public figures may have a negative effect on attracting and recruiting female talent, so companies may have to take steps to reduce the gender pay gap to stay successful.