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What we have learnt from workplace trends this past year

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Posted 13 December 2017 10:40:50 GMT | By Admin

Workplace trends may come and go, or simply evolve with time, but the lessons to be learnt from them are often invaluable in creating an ideal workspace.

Here’s a breakdown of the top office trends of 2017 – and the things they’ve taught us, for 2018 and beyond:

1. Flexible Working

Admittedly, flexible working isn’t a trend that first appeared in 2017. However, this year has seen a sharp difference in the way flexible working is implemented – the perfect example being IBM and their reversal of their remote working policy.

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What can we learn from this?

It’s important to think about how and why you’re choosing to introduce any kind of flexible working policy with your employees; a blanket introduction may not necessarily suit your needs, and may foster the wrong kind of working environment or attitude amongst employees.

2. Co-Working Spaces

Co-working spaces have experienced a surge in popularity during 2017, as workers seek out space that provides more opportunities for networking, lower overhead costs, and lessened levels of commitment.

What can we learn from this?

People want to break free from the traditional working environment, and look for opportunities to work in spaces that can help spark creativity and increase sociability.

3. Mobile is king

Mobile web usage overtook desktop in 2016, and has continued to be the most prominent trend of 2017. For businesses, mobile has been a long-term focus, with some businesses implementing a BYOD – Bring Your Own Device strategy.

Related article: The rise of mobile working

What can we learn from this?

 Firstly, employees want streamlined working days, particularly if they’re working on the go; the usage of smart phones is more popular than picking up a laptop for multiple reasons, but particularly because the idea of having everything you need in your pocket is an attractive one.

4. Utilising Space Efficiently

Making the most of workspaces has been a focus for many businesses during 2017, from configurable or multipurpose spaces, to monitoring how workspace is used.

What can we learn from this?

In these uncertain times, business leaders are looking for maximum impact with a cost-effective solution. We can also see that employees are keen to move away from tradition, with configurable working spaces being a creative way to do so.

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