Today’s workplaces are rapidly changing from what they were 50 years ago. What used to require employees to be in the office five days a week from 9-5 wearing suits is no longer. Traits of modern workplaces include working from home, flexible work hours, and more casual dress. However, not all workplaces have adapted to this mentality. That being said, it’s in employers’ best interest to adapt to the changing needs of their employees in order to attract and retain talent. 

Here are five trends to watch when it comes to modern workplaces.

1. Open by default

This trend is two-fold. On one end, you have the idea of an open office concept. Instead of having employees cooped up in offices, everyone works in cubes or tables in the office. This allows for more open communication and collaboration as no one hides behind a closed door. The other component of this trend is the breaking down of silos to give people across the organization access to the information they need. Again, this helps increase communication among co-workers while also helping them feel more connected to the company’s mission and goals. Everyone has a voice, which leads to better retention of talent. Connecting everyone helps people understand who they work for and what the values and culture of the company,

2. Increased mobility

Gone are the days where you have to work on a desktop in the office, as 71 percent of time spent online in the US happens on a mobile device. Most company servers adapt to workers on the go, so workers can work via laptop from anywhere in the world. What’s more, is that they can work on whichever device. Now, writing emails and document on a tablet or a smartphone is easy, whereas 20 years ago, this was close to impossible. This has given employers the flexibility in hiring because they know there is technology to support remote workers.

3. Multi-modal communication

If your company is on the cutting edge of modern communication, chances are it is using Slack. Slack is popular for the ability to communicate with videos, gifs, and emojis. This is a prime example of multi-modal communication, communication that incorporates video, text, emojis, photos, and gifs. The main draw for this type of communication is simple: attention. As the volume of information at work increase, multi-modal communication remains the most powerful way to cut through the noise and grab attention. If you want your employees to tune into important information, consider throwing a video or a gif in the message. Chances are you will grasp their attention for just a little bit longer so they can absorb the message.

4. Integrated tech tools

How many times have you tried to open a document and found that your software is incompatible with the document? This is probably because teams across the company use multiple tools to get the job done, without any of them integrating with one another. As a result, most workplaces suffer from legacy IT systems. To address this challenge, implement a “best of breed” approach when choosing tools and software to enable flexibility across the company. Integrated tools will be available from the start, allowing people and teams to operate seamlessly with one another without putting blame on the systems and tools.

5. Personalized and prioritized information

Productivity and collaboration tools will increase the volume of information hitting employees. As the speed of information accelerates, making sense of it quickly and prioritizing it effectively will be a key competitive skill. Time is our most precious resource, which means we need to make smart choices about where to spend it. AI will play a key role in bringing the most important information to the fore, giving people more time to get work done. An example of this is with content. When putting together a customized content track to use in a marketing campaign or for the sales team to utilize, AI can give suggestions as to the best content to include based on what’s already being used. This ensures that your content hits all the right notes with your target audience.

What once was thought of something that was years down the road is already here. Modern workplaces are continuing to take shape across all industries, adapting to the needs of employees. Join the revolution and start taking the steps to implement a modern workplace today to increase employee retention and attract new talent.

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