Jessica Tabinor trends
WORKPLACE TRENDS | 5 MIN READ
From cultural change to automation, companies are innovating, adapting and improving both with their internal and external offering
We take a look at the top workplace trends of 2019
2019 marks an exciting and innovative period of transition for companies nationwide, from cultural change to automation, companies are innovating, adapting and improving both with their internal and external offering.
So, as we draw closer to the end of Q1, we take a look at the top 5 workplace trends of 2019…
The Importance of Employee Wellbeing
Companies are finding new ways to promote employee health and wellbeing and to make staff aware of services and products they may not have accessed previously. At Morson, our mental health first aiders programme is an exciting initiative that establishes individuals as touch points throughout the Morson Group, enabling them to connect with those struggling with mental illness – both within our internal workforce and wider contractor base – and to be that first step in accessing the support they need.
The programme works together with our existing counselling services, stress management and support, ensuring a personalised approached since there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to mental health.
“A few years back, our health and wellbeing programme, ‘Morfit’, was launched, which seeks to encourage our workforce and their families to lead healthier lifestyles by changing behaviours. The programme sought to touch on all areas of wellbeing – physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial – and has consisted of a variety of activities including the implementation of twice-weekly workout and yoga classes at head office.” - Heather Deering - Health, Wellbeing and Engagement Partner
One of the biggest business culture trends at the moment is flexible working and companies have seen an increase in employee retention by introducing it as a modern corporate culture change.
“Roughly 70% of Millennials see themselves as working independently at some point, rather than being employed within a traditional organisational structure”
It can aid greater cost-effectiveness and efficiency such as saving on overheads when staff are working from home and incorporate longer operating hours. It can also reduce the number of absences to attend doctor’s appointments and even reduce the number of sick days your staff take due to longer rest periods and a healthier work/life balance.
A Continued Focus on Diversity and Inclusion
More than ever companies are recognising the need for underrepresented groups in their workforces. Equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) remain hot topics, especially when analysing representation, or the often thereby lack of, at the top, and we’re working hard to ensure that ED&I becomes part of the norm by changing the conversation.
A lack of diversity has created an imbalance in many of the sectors that Morson operates in, such as engineering, aerospace, IT, rail, nuclear and construction, and we’ve witnessed first-hand how females, LGBTQ+ and ethnic minorities have been underrepresented, particularly at senior level.
We are ferociously challenging stereotypes to build diverse workforces that drive innovative ideas, change the status quo and raise the bar for success. In March we announced our official Morson diversity ambassador, CEO and founder of Northern Power Women, Simone Roche who will become our first diversity champion and joins a growing list of existing Morson ambassadors across business, sport and the armed forces.
Adrian Adair, Chief Operations Officer at Morson, said:
“There’s no denying that diversity achieves better commercial results by driving innovative ideas, changing the status quo and raising the bar for success. As a business must also create working environments that champion equality and inclusivity from the inside out. That’s why we’re delighted to add Simone as an ambassador.”
We saw the recruitment industry embrace artificial intelligence in a big way in 2018, from becoming more aware of how analytics can assist with hiring to actually using AI capabilities. The new technology aims to automate parts of the recruiting workflow, especially repetitive, high-volume tasks such as reviewing CV’s. Ultimately, AI can make the recruitment process faster and more efficient.
AI recruiting video interview platforms, for example, use biometric and psychometric analysis to evaluate not only the quality of candidate answers but also voice quality, pace of speech, voice energy, use of fillers, facial micro-expressions and body language.
Morson has partnered with RecruitmentSMART to implement its game-changing recruitment sourcing and screening technology. SniperAI provides a game-changing technology that incorporates machine learning and auto screening to match job specifications to potential candidate CV’s at rapid speed. Read more about the latest technology here.
Pace of Work Will Continue to Increase
With the introduction of tools like collaborative work management platforms, automation, templates, and other resources, it’s never been easier to work at a breakneck pace. Improving technology means that things are able to get done efficiently, without such a heavy burden placed on employees.
Work is accelerating, businesses are moving faster than ever before, and contributors are expected to do more in less time. If our prediction comes true, employers will soon be finding ways to embrace the technology that will enable staff to work harder whilst incorporating all the key trends listed above!