Workplace trends are ever-evolving, and 2019 is sure to bring subtle changes from previous years. Whether you’re on the job search or trying to keep your company competitive to attract the best talent, being aware of current trends is a plus. Here, we share the top workplace tendencies to look for or consider implementing this year.
For many companies, gone are the days of clocking into work at exactly 9:00 am and packing up at 5:00 sharp. Many modern offices encourage a flexible work/life balance, and work-from-home days or alternative hours are increasingly becoming the norm. In 2019, expect more workplaces to transition toward flexible policies.
While working from home or enjoying an alternative work schedule are privileges that many employees enjoy, tracking metrics is recommended in order to ensure that these policies are working. Instead of a run-of-the-mill annual performance review, top companies are changing the way they track employee performance. To encourage individual and team growth, be on the lookout for more frequent reviews and one-on-one meetings in which managers gradually increase challenges and listen to employee feedback.
In the past, interviews were a one-and-done process. However, many companies are becoming aware of the costs of hiring an employee that isn’t the right fit. While qualifications are certainly important, it’s crucial to gain a comprehensive understanding of the candidate’s personality and unique skills that they’ll bring to the team. If you’re a manager or HR rep, you’re likely on the lookout for ways to reduce turnover and ensure the highest level of success for the company. To ensure that you sign on the strongest person for the job, consider holding multiple rounds of interviews with numerous members of the team. While this process undoubtedly takes longer, it’s highly effective for discovering where candidates shine and where they need improvement. Several interviews with varying personnel will also allow for diverse feedback from your staff, so you’ll have an in-depth understanding of how the individual will fare on the job. If you’ve found someone who’s a great fit for the company culture but may need additional training to be successful, you can pair him or her with a mentor to quickly bring the new hire up to speed.
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