Top 10 Workplace Trends for 2024 to Watch Out For
Our workplaces are constantly evolving, and the environments and practices we know today will be a relic before long, just as floppy discs and wired computer mice are now museum exhibits.
That being said, changes of that scale can take years, right now we’re looking ahead to 2024, and the work environment trends are slated to impact us in the new year. For employers, predicting and reacting to trends in workplace evolution is crucial to business success and employee retention.
A Comprehensive Look at the Top 10 Workplace Trends in 2024
There are no doubt countless ways that we’ll see the world of work evolve between now and the end of 2024, but we’ve put together our top 10 workplace changes in 2024.
We’ll be going into more detail about the top 10 2024 workplace predictions including hybrid working environments, employee wellbeing, technology integration, remote work tools, flexible work schedules, sustainability initiatives, upskilling and reskilling, remote onboarding, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and hybrid team management.
1. Hybrid Work Environments
Prime among post-pandemic work trends is hybrid working. Allowing employees to balance their time between a set workplace and their home or other chosen workplace. Hybrid working can be a great solution for those looking to improve employee comfort while retaining a touch of collective working that can be hard to replicate when teams are fully remote.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people switched to working remotely and became accustomed to advantages such as a lack of commuting and being able to work from their own home. Hybrid work trends allow employees to retain some of these benefits.
For employers, there are other benefits to offering hybrid work, such as the reduced need for space and desks. With some employees choosing to work from home on certain days, the number of people in your office on any given day will be reduced, so you can begin to think about economising on space requirements.
2. Employee Wellbeing
Because we spend the majority of our time at work, employees are increasingly seeking to see that their welfare is a priority for their employers. The workplace of 2024 will see a continuation in the rise of employee wellbeing initiatives as a consequence. More employers are taking the time to listen to their workforce, understand their needs and, crucially, act on them.
By focusing on responding to demands for better workplace wellbeing, employers stand to see improved employee retention and a reduction in the number of sick days taken, leading to a more productive workplace overall.
3. Technology Integration
Technology in the workplace has come a long way since its initial adoption and is now an integral part of our everyday work lives with no signs of slowing its advances any time soon.
Chief among these tech advancements as far as workplace evolution is concerned is the adoption of AI technology, and generative AI in particular. Not only is AI becoming ever-more embedded in our day-to-day lives, it’s becoming highly advanced. As we increase our usage of AI and machine learning, it begins to pose ethical questions, especially with the advent of innovations such as emotional AI which can do more than simply interpret words but can also pick up on basic emotional cues to respond accordingly.
It’s important for workplace managers to ensure that, moving forwards, workplaces are built from the ground up with tech integration in mind.
4. Remote Work Tools
At the core of the adoption of hybrid work trends are remote working tools. Remote work solutions and digital conferencing platforms such as Zoom are allowing teams to work more flexibly.
By adopting remote work tools, and moving to less office-based patterns of working, businesses are able to reduce costs on resources such as space and energy, while also widening their recruitment pool in geographical terms.
5. Flexible Work Schedules
Another increasingly common and sought-after work perk is flexible work schedules. By allowing employees to flex their working schedules, even if only by a few hours on either side of the traditional 9 to 5, employers give their workers the ability to fit their work around their personal lives as well as take advantage of quieter commuting hours.
6. Sustainability Initiatives
As the impacts of our activities on the planet become increasingly clear, sustainability in the office is rising up the priority list to become a chief concern for many and is likely to be a chief feature among 2024 workplace innovations.
Not only to help preserve our planet, but also to stay relevant to the workforce of the future, businesses will have to take steps to actively limit their environmental impact, such as reducing paper usage, switching to LED lighting, encouraging the use of greener transport, or even through the adoption of hybrid working, which reduces the number of journeys employees have to make.
7. Upskilling and Reskilling
Because the professional world is continually evolving, and the future of work is largely uncertain, it’s important that employees are able to be continually upskilled and, if need be, reskilled to suit changing demands.
Upskilling and reskilling can pay off quite dramatically for employers, a study from MIT Sloan School of Management showed that just a 12-month programme centred on ‘soft skills’ such as knowledge, flexibility and resilience delivered a 250% return on investment.
8. Remote Onboarding Practices
In tandem with the increasing adoption of hybrid work trends and remote working practices has come a new challenge in the form of remote onboarding. Using remote work solutions to carry out your onboarding procedures can seem like a challenge but is a necessary and now quite common part of our collective ongoing workplace evolution.
There are ways that you can make this process more welcoming and productive, however, such as sending out a welcome pack in advance of your new employee’s first day, giving them dedicated time to set up any new equipment, scheduling welcome chats with their new team members, and digital icebreakers.
9. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Increasing attention is being placed on employers’ ability to create diverse and inclusive workplaces, and move away from traditional moulds cast on people that are seen as ever-more harmful not just to individual wellbeing but also to a business’s ability to succeed in a modern world.
DEI initiatives should be focused on making sure everyone is included in the workplace, and that someone’s age, race, sex, or gender does not play a factor in workplace progression. Businesses that get diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) right will be more able to attract higher-quality talent.
10. Hybrid Team Management
As more businesses adopt increasingly prevalent hybrid working trends, new challenges are beginning to arise, such as hybrid team management, which will continue to be a feature of workplace changes in 2024.
Through the use of remote work solutions, it’s possible to manage a team that is simultaneously on-site and remote. Making sure everyone is included is key and seeing that people are not left out of key work just because they are at home on a given day.
Chief among our 2024 workplace predictions is that the world of work will become ever more digital, diverse, and flexible. The adoption of new technologies will continue, and this will fuel changes in the way we work, allowing us to rely less on physical workplaces, and giving employees greater flexibility in the way they work while also widening potential talent pools.
The workforce of the future will need to be able to work with new rosters of tech and will continue to place increasing importance on employee wellbeing initiatives, sustainability in the office, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
Being prepared for the future of work can mean ensuring that your office is up to scratch. At Vanguard Contracts, we specialise in workplace fit outs, including office fit outs, and commercial fit outs to help you get ahead of the curve.
Contact us today to discuss your needs.