As time passes, so do old ways of thinking. This is especially true for new cultural trends in U.S. businesses, which can have a far-reaching influence. One example of a workplace trend that started regionally and expanded nationally and beyond is business casual.
The casual dress code originated in 1980s Silicon Valley morphed from a trend to workplace norm, the exception being the most rigid environments. Interestingly, a relaxed dress code seems to have given way to a more relaxed company culture and way of doing things; could the stand-up meetings and instant messaging replacing more formal status meetings and emails influenced by business casual?
In 2019, what workplace culture trends will be prominent in the U.S. businesses and how will they influence the way we work?
What is Workplace Culture?
It’s much more than perks. Culture is the unique business personality and embodies the values, beliefs and attitudes of a given organization.
- It’s an ecosystem that reflects what an organization stands for and how it values its employees.
- It involves individuals, company infrastructure, policies and sometimes technology that are dependent on each other to support the organization and its culture.
- It’s a major consideration for job seekers who are searching for the right job fit.
Trends in the workplace can be influenced by many factors – economic stability on regional, national and global scales, unemployment levels, regulatory changes, management trends and employee demand are among the major influences.
Related Article: The Four Types of Corporate Culture
What to Look for in 2019
The 2019 workplace culture trends are driven by technological advances, reduced overhead to companies and employee demands. Read on to learn about the trends so you can use them and establish a competitive advantage:
Remote Work Grows
As cloud technology expands work teams’ ability to collaborate from multiple locations, there will be a decreased need for on-site employees and brick-and-mortar offices. A remote workforce saves businesses money -- rent, building insurance and maintenance costs; so, this trend will likely grow in the years to come.
Employees attracted to doing away with a daily commute and the flexibility of working from home may be a secondary driver for this trend, behind the overall cost savings of a remote workforce.
Prospective employees applying for remote positions have an advantage if they’ve attended an online school, like Northcentral University. The learning experience prepares them to work independently, complete and turn in assignments on time and connect with others (professors) as part of a remote team.
More Freelance Employees
A flexible workforce is attractive to employers and employees alike. Calling on workers as needed reduces the cost of hiring full-time workers – insurance, retirement and pension are not provided to these type of contract employees, significantly reducing standard employment costs.
Employees who value their free time or prefer to work with multiple employers may find themselves more in-demand in 2019, as more freelance opportunities become available.
Greater Employee Engagement is Standard
As it becomes more common to have members of a work team in multiple locations coupled with a low unemployment rate, employee strategies will be to engage their staff so they remain committed to the company, its mission and values.
Human resource managers and department leaders must make knowing employees – both on-site and remote, a standard practice. Employee recognition programs and rewards will help keep employees involved in the organization, encourage them to work harder, and be more involved in the work.
Born between 1946 and 1964, the oldest and middle Baby Boomers have reached traditional retirement age. However, this generation is characterized by activity and many of this generation will continue to be involved in the workforce by continuing in their professions or starting new careers.
The tight labor market makes older workers more valuable, and they bring other characteristics that are valuable to organizations, such as loyalty and demonstrated work ability. Keeping employees past traditional retirement age also allows companies to retain institutional knowledge.
Each of these trends will shape workplace culture this year and potentially, far into the future. How will these workforce culture trends shape the way you work?