The past few years have seen both employees and employers prioritize and become aware about the workplace culture. The “personality” of a company is determined only through its culture. The practices and behavioral norms of the company are important factors in deciding how the employees interact with each other and on the company’s behalf. If you ignore the culture, it is at your own peril. Company culture is considered as the second-most important factor when candidates are looking for employment.
However, the workplace culture is being affected by random factors such as shifts in demographics, initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion, shortage in talented employees, and a surge in the data incoming. These factors influence both short and long-term changes.
Promotion of Inclusivity and Diversity of Teams
There is a recognition of trying to find talent outside the general convention of the working class. Employing talent from untapped, new regions would be followed by a need to focus on inclusion to create an amiable working environment. Since people from varied backgrounds come to work together, focusing on inclusivity is the only option there is. To remove barriers of communication and culture, technology can be a great help. Differences in time zones can be removed, greater accessibility for the disabled is possible, and managers can overcome their biases.
Communication from Leaders is Going to be Difficult
Effective communication at the end of employers and leaders is a problem in the current culture and there are no mechanisms to rectify this lapse in training. The increase in isolation and decline in communication within the workplace is facilitated by open work-floor plans that cause constant ruckus. In the span of the next ten years, this gap is only going to widen. The knowledge of multiple media is quite important to become an effective communicator. With diversity increasing in the workplace, there would be a greater need to manage various platforms of communication.
Trusting Companions is Bound to be Trickier
Virtual Learning and Artificial Intelligence are technological advances that would allow employers in the future to gain greater access to information about their employees. Data about the employees’ productivity and work patterns will aid the leaders in selecting training programs for them that are effective. However, accessibility to information such as this would also lead to concerns for privacy and trust in the organization. Therefore, transparency a legitimate concern that is required to foster trust within the employer and employee.
Upskilling of Employees
As technology takes over sectors and reduces the need for human intervention, there will be a growing tension within employees concerning their positions. The employers and employees need to work together to create professional pathways that might help them grow at the same pace as the technological advances. Leaders need to assure their talent that they are committed to keeping them in the company. The nagging anxiety of getting replaced can be subsided by ensuring the employee of their position and would be an essential factor for a positive culture.
Better Work Spaces Elevate the Position of Offices
The physical environment of the office space also contributes significantly to the culture. The criticism of open-floor plans has forced employers to rethink a working space that does not impede the workflow of the employees. Private spaces and work cubicles can facilitate focus and deep work. Office space must be optimized to maximize employee output and comfort. Moreover, accommodations must be made for the advancements in technology.
The physical design of the space combined with the greater technology available not only increases productivity, it also attracts workers from remote locations back to the office on a more frequent basis. Though technology is a great tool to allow access to work from remote location, building a culture of inclusivity means that there must be interaction within the workplace too. Building your brand implies that there is a development in interpersonal relationships.
The Bottom Line
Technology is developing in manners that cannot be predicted yet, but if it proceeds as planned then inclusion and trust will help in developing trust in employees. Company culture will have to be built on trust and long-term relationships to retain employees.<< back to Blog