While workforce priorities have been changing for quite some time now, these past few months have truly redefined what the workplace looks like. Here are some ways things are continuing to change, and how employers can adapt!
1. Workplace wellness
Health and wellness are here to stay. And the research shows that millennials not only want it in the workplace but are more likely to seek employment that offers health and wellness benefits. They look for employers that care and advocate for their well-being. And to heed the call, employers are thinking through creative ways to incorporate it into their HR benefits. Some companies are hesitant to offer a wellness program because of the cost and extra workload. But it actually can be seamless and cost-effective with the right partner (yes, we’re talking about us!).
2. Emphasis on tech
If there’s one thing that COVID-19 has taught us, it’s that technology is crucial to keep the work flowing. But even pre-pandemic, tech has been an integral part of everyday life. Most millennials grew up with technology, so it comes as no surprise that they want it integrated into their workday as well. For the employer, this means more reliance on apps, video conferencing, and innovative platforms.
3. Coworker collaboration
The days of the hierarchical non-collaborate work structure are coming to an end! The new workforce is all about working together and sharing ideas. So what does that look like in practice? Open conversations, innovative platforms, and offices sans-cubicles! This could be a non-negotiable for millennials as 38 percent of them feel that outdated collaboration processes actually damage their company's progress.
4. Flexible work structure
Even if COVID-19 is temporary, flexible work structures have been the norm for a while. More companies have switched to working environments that fit in with individual lifestyles. And the research supports this desire for a flexible work arrangement. Both the employee and employer gain a host of benefits once they make the switch, ranging from better health to higher productivity and retention!
5. Corporate social responsibility and purpose
While the baby boomer generation was focused on stability and compensation, the new generation of workers want to see more from their employers. They want to trust that their companies are contributing to social causes or creating a space for employees to do the same. With Givhero, it’s easy for the entire company to participate in purpose and embrace the new workplace priorities. Intrigued? Check us out for yourself!
Hanna Berman is a Mental Health & Wellness Contributor for Givhero. As a Mental Health & Organizational Consultant, her career is dedicated to exploring behavior change on both an individual and collective level. She holds a Masters from King’s College London in Global Ethics & Human Values and is a part-time Reiki practitioner with City Acupuncture Clinic in Washington DC.