What is the Future of Work in 2019?

by Jody Ordioni

Balancing an agile workforce, while still moving towards increased automation, the future of work in this year (2019) seems daunting but promising. Preparations for the future course of work begin right here in 2019. Pillars of this future are gig economy, enhanced employee engagement, increasing flexibility, and automation. But how does one define the future, when it already stands at the doorstep? There is a fervent desire to consolidate what factors should be highlighted when planning the future of work. Sorting out priorities right now can make all the difference to the company in the coming years. Look out for these five trends if the future seems daunting to you:

Workforce Retention Driven Through Employee Engagement and Positive Experience

Employee engagement was an important year in the year that passed and in 2019 its importance is still prevalent, rightly so. Companies are moving beyond the traditional methods of employee engagement to mark themselves different from their competition. Employee experience is also witnessing a change as there is an increased emphasis on the positivity of the whole experience, from recruitment to exit interview. Disengaged employees are seen as volatile individuals who can abandon ship at any moment. If the employee experience is wholesome then it can influence the retention rates of the company. Lear more about The Ideal Predictive Model for Talent Attraction and Engagement here.

Growth Through Learning Will Affect Employee-Employer Dynamic

The younger workforce does not work just to fill their time, they expect to gain from their job in terms of learning and growth. To see a positive turn in employee engagement, companies have to cater to this necessity of the workforce. Traditional educational methodologies are falling apart, and the emphasis is laid on reskilling and upskilling. The job has to be the focus, but it should also provide ample opportunity for growth and skill development. Continuous learning to employees, especially millennials, is a tool to understand the importance of their work within the grand scheme of things.

Aiding HR Pathways Through Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI is the answer to the future of work. It has seeped into every aspect of the HR processes. The employee experience is revolutionized by AI as it is a part of every step, from recruiting employees to their onboarding process to enhancing overall performance. This development has opened many avenues for skilled HR employees within the market. A talented HR employee needs to blend their knowledge of interpersonal relations with data-based information to make impactful solutions out of data provided by AI-driven technology.

Top Talent Retention Via Increased Flexibility

The younger generation of employees cannot compromise on flexibility in the workplace and this trend is here to stay. Work is not the be-all and end-all of people’s lives anymore. They do not make unnecessary efforts to build a routine around their jobs but rather prefer a job that seamlessly integrates into their routine. Workplace flexibility has now become an important parameter that drives young job hunters. It also drives their engagement with the company. As studies indicate, 38% of hiring managers believe that in the next decade most of their employees will engage with the company from remote locations.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

RPA seems to be the next big thing for HR processes. It is one technology that takes care of redundant tasks such as crafting offer letters, induction, payroll processing etc. As this technology cuts down the unnecessary involvement of HR in repetitive tasks, they can focus more on decisions that are related to employee engagement.

Technology is evolving at breakneck speed. New tech is becoming obsolete before it even precipitates to common use. The only way to survive this onslaught is to learn and adapt tirelessly.

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