3 Ways Work Will Change in 2016
Thursday May 12, 2016
The trends we’re seeing today have been brewing for the past several years. The mobile workforce fueled by remote workers, on-the-road employees and freelancers has created an environment that many companies are still trying to navigate.
With rapid developments in mobile technology, shifts in the global economy and more cost-effective methods to facilitate remote workers, businesses have to be prepared. Here are three major changes on the horizon:
In many ways, companies around the world have moved beyond the label of “mobile worker-friendly” and have taken a mobile-centric approach to workforce management. Citing data from digital freelance marketplace Upwork, a recent article for Fast Company explained that the average time required to recruit and onboard a remote worker is three days. By comparison, hiring processes for a traditional, location-based job often takes up to 43 days.
The gap there is staggering, and it’s especially noteworthy for companies that want to recruit the best talent possible before they’re swept away by competitors. There are virtual companies – Bersin by Deloitte, for instance – and hybrid companies that support mobile and office-based employees. To succeed with either or alternate structures, businesses need to ensure they’ve got the infrastructure and tech resources in place to make it possible.
In keeping with the trend toward remote workers, an article for U.S. News & World Report highlighted the fact that organizations are heading in the direction of team-based internal structures. The reason for this is that it’s increasingly common for companies to work on projects that require diverse skillsets. For instance, a project may need the input and efforts of the graphic design, marketing, PR and sales teams to ensure the best results possible.
It’s no small task to bring together individuals from different departments within a company to collaborate as a team. Company heads will need to invest in project managers who are able to effectively facilitate each task from start to finish – especially when they’ll likely be dealing with staff members onsite and others working remotely.
Ensuring a company still works as a cohesive unit, it’s becoming even more critical to keep employees engaged. With a blend of on- and off-site workers, it’s easy for an organization to become fragmented. A survey from the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology found that employers are investing more in employee engagement to encourage collaboration between coworkers and innovation, Business News Daily wrote.
As a result, businesses are supporting their workers by trying to clarify company culture and make it a tangible part of their experience. To do so, they need to understand how employees feel about the company culture and whether they feel the organizational structure and processes support it.
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