Keeping up with workplace trends

Employee attitudes to work are changing. As workers, we no longer expect our lifestyle to fit around work, but for work to fit around our lifestyle. This shift has led to a number of new trends in the workplace, so we’re going to use our next few blogs to look at how these changes are affecting the creative space. First up, we’re homing in on the flexible approach to working conditions.

Most employers have learnt to accept flexible working and to trust their employees who want to pursue this option. We’re now starting to see companies taking this model to the next level. For example, some agencies no longer have any physical workspace at all, while others are pursuing flexible options for sharing feedback and even creating personalised employee contracts.

Bricks and mortar
Having a traditionally structured office is quickly becoming a thing of the past; operating without a physical office has worked wonders for us and many others. Leaders that want to create a culture of flexibility and open communication are helping to drive this trend – not only because of the cultural benefits for the business, but for commercial reasons too.

Even companies who can’t operate without a physical office space are embracing the trend by introducing hot desking. Allowing people to pick their own desks each day opens up interactions with employees outside of their team and encourages new relationships to develop.

Personalised contracts
In today’s workplace, flexibility is key. Some agencies have started to replace standard contracts with personalised versions in order to better accommodate each employee’s individual needs. Employees looking to wave goodbye to the 9-5, 5 day a week lifestyle, without going freelance, will obviously benefit from this approach. For their part, agencies will find that this collaborative approach means that both sides can often get what they want – without any downsides.

Ongoing appraisals
Businesses can also use a more flexible approach when it comes to developing their staff. Agencies are realising that feedback is just as effective – if not more so – when it is informal, frequent and timely, rather than overly formal and structured. In fact, the power of informal and regular feedback has led to the demise of the annual appraisal, which reduces the opportunity for employee engagement to just once a year. Instead, companies are encouraging regular conversations about performance – not only open up communication, but also to encourage objectives that will support ongoing development.

Embracing the changes that come with new workplace trends is key in creating a business that is a great place to work. If you and your team need help incorporating these changes into your business, please get in touch. You’ll find more information on the other trends that are taking over the workplace in our next blog.