5 Workplace Predictions For 2022/23

What do we see as the new workplace normal?

The way we are now using offices and workplaces is constantly evolving. Economic changes, technological developments, automation, globalisation, and the COVID-19 pandemic have all played a crucial role in shaping our view of these over the past 2-years. To keep up with these changes, business leaders must rise to the occasion and show a deep understanding of the latest workplace trends.

In this article, we’ll discuss what we see are some of the most significant shifts in the way we view the workplace as a result of our experience working alongside some of Australia’s largest property owners and managers.

Here’s our top 5;

The Want For A Healthier, Hygienic Workplace

Creating a healthy and hygienic work environment can be a game-changer in a number of ways;

  1. It curtails all the costs related to turnover, absenteeism and employee compensation.
  2. A healthy workplace environment boosts employee happiness, morale, and motivation. It can also be extremely decisive to the overall success of your business.
  3. COVID-19 has forced us all to rethink the way we ensure the health and hygiene of our office spaces and furthermore, has made our workforce more aware of the importance of cleaner workplaces and maintaining personal health.

Employees Flexing For Flexibility

The traditional office-centric working model is under serious threat as a result of the world’s workforce being so exposed to remote working as a result of the pandemic. Coupled with the substantial advancement of multiple facets of workplace technology, this has given rise to employees opting for remote work. Furthermore, with the rise of new generations (Gen Z) favouring this mode of working, the odds are clearly in favour of remote working.

In line with this we’ve now seen large organisations enact satellite offices and with that comes additional operational management to ensure they are safe, clean and accessible.

No More 9 To 5

The 9-to-5 work schedule has for a long time been the way of the working world. However, inline with the above, with the modern workforce gravitating towards the ability to work anywhere, anytime, this schedule is facing extinction. Employees have also become busier and the work environment has become global, so working across timezones is a common occurrence.

The liking for palatable work schedules is so deep that some employees say they would rather have a flexible schedule or work longer in order to have extra time off. One firm in New Zealand sought to examine the suitability of a 4-day work week. After two months of trial, the company found that with such a schedule employee work-life balanced increased by 24%, engagement rose by 20%, and stress levels dropped by 7% (CNN, 2018).

Again, with this comes a change in mindset and operations that property managers need to keep front of mind in order to adapt to the new way of the workplace.

Social Purpose Taking Precedence

A lot of things are happening in the business world and workplace today. The entry of younger workers, the ever changing social-political climate, and increasing job-hopping rates, to name a few. With the landscape becoming increasingly turbulent, companies are finding it hard to attract top talent. This is because employees are no longer hunting for companies with just a pretty brand or the most pay.

Candidates now want companies that show a true desire to uphold values and social responsibility. Companies that put corporate social responsibility into action stand out in the highly competitive arena. It’s no surprise then that many companies are creating social purposes via community service and partnering with like-minded organisations. We’ve also seen companies incorporate philanthropic purposes in their overall mission.

Even in our own organisation here at Ozland Group Solutions, we’ve seen this shift and due to our focus in this area over a number of years, it’s enabled us to attract some of Australia’s best talent.

Tech In The Workplace

When technology first started to make an impact in the office, many employees thought their jobs were at risk. But this has definitely not been the case. Instead, the evolution of AI and machine learning has enabled employees to coexist with technology harmoniously and we are now seeing an increase in productivity as a result.

Take for instance the evolution of autonomous robots. These are enabling Facility Managers to collect and react to security-related information in a far superior manner. These robots can carry multiple visual and thermal cameras, gas sensors and two-way communication systems that enable security teams to assess situations that might otherwise be difficult or dangerous. They haven’t made security jobs redundant however they have complimented them with a safer way to work in certain situations. A great outcome in our eyes.

If you’re facing change and not sure how to adapt to this in the workplace, we’ll work with you to determine the elements best deployed to address the specific requirements you may encounter. Our experienced and passionate team will also help you to create a tailored solution to help enhance the wellbeing of employees, tenants and visitors.

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