Back to school and back to business

The summer holidays are drawing to a close, and households everywhere let out a sigh of sadness as the kids go back to school and normality returns. September signifies businesses returning to normal as people return from summer holidays. It also signifies the fast approaching end of year as Christmas decorations start to creep into shops (it seems to happen earlier every year!).

The end of the year is closer than you think and if you haven’t already, you will soon be starting to make your strategic business plans for 2020. So, what’s in store for next year in the world of work?

Today’s workforce is forever changed by technology, new social norms, and cross-generational teams. By 2025, 75% of the workforce will be millennials (source Deloitte), and this comes with its own unique set of challenges. Millennials are tech savvy, socially conscious, ambitious employees that have short attention spans and demand an employee experience that fits with their needs.

For your company to flourish in the 2020 workplace, it’s up to you to create an environment where boomers and Gens X, Y, and Z all want to be.

So, what should you be considering? Here’s a few tips to help you with your 2020 planning:

  1. Create a compelling employee experience using design thinking; out with the corporate, in with the new, fresh, people-centric workplace. Employees want a shared sense of purpose, an employer that cares about their life not just their career and takes their mental health and wellbeing seriously.
  2. Engage young employees with short, multimedia elements and cross-device training platforms to appeal to their tech-savvy and short attention spans. More than ever, employees want training on the go when it suits them. And this isn’t just limited to millennials.
  3. Determine the types of flexibility that matter most to your employees; fifty-nine percent of millennials prefer schedule flexibility and autonomy to other work perks like overtime compensation. Employees want work-life integration where their careers allow work and life to co-exist.

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