The year 2020 has left us with a completely different world from when the year first started. As a result, the workplace and the idea of a great company culture has changed as well – and continues to do so. Discover 5 of the top new company culture trends for 2021 below.
1. More dispersed, remote teams
Now more than ever, people are working remotely. Remote work is projected to continue in 2021, with an estimated 26.7% of workers still working from home, according to an Upwork study.
While not all companies are going fully remote, some are opting for a hybrid model. This model can consist of some employees working in the office and others from home. It can also include all employees working a few days in the office per week and the rest remotely.
With a dispersed team, managers need to think of unique ways to foster a strong company culture and positive work relationships. Some ideas include:
- Weekly virtual happy hours
- A Slack or Teams channel dedicated to fun and casual conversations
- Making the effort to introduce new employees to the team via video chat
2. Increased demand for retraining programs
As technology continues to evolve, the skills needed to perform a wide range of jobs change as well. In fact, according to a study by Deloitte, over half of leaders say that more that half – if not all – of their employees will need to change their skill set in the next three years.
This is where retraining programs come in. These programs not only set up your employees for future success, they also show you value your team enough to invest in them.
3. More focus on creating an inclusive workplace
Diversity and inclusion efforts are another area where employees want their companies to focus. One key difference in present inclusivity efforts compared to past ones? Rather than focusing on single aspects such as race and gender separately, help build up each individual instead.
Employees who don’t feel included or who feel different from others in the workplace are 126% more likely to experience burnout, according to a study by OC Tanner.
4. A larger emphasis on employee health
While in the past it may have been acceptable to “power through” and come to work while sick, in the post-COVID era, this is bound to change for the better.
To help your employees feel appreciated, set the precedence that health is valued in the workplace. Regularly remind and encourage employees to take time off when they are sick. Established clearly communicated protocols for keeping a sanitized office.
When employees sense that their health is prioritized, they feel valued. As a result, employee morale and engagement increases.
5. Increased desire for flexibility
One thing we’ve learned with remote work this year is that the 9 to 5 model isn’t needed – or necessarily ideal. Plus, with many employees juggling work and families, a flexible culture is a great way to attract competitive candidates.
Flexible work options bring many benefits, including increased engagement and morale. According to a study by Harvard Business Review, employees who have flexible options are 22% more likely to feel like their ideas are valued by their company.
Ring in the New Year with an improved company culture
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