No matter what sort of business you run, it’s important that you show any future candidates that you are a company worth working for. Potential workers won’t just settle for anything. They know their rights and expect to be treated in a way that incorporates their lifestyle and personal values into their work. If you follow these modern trends, it is more than likely that you are going to have candidates practically lining up at your door. Here are the top 5 business trends that you need to keep an eye on.
Now that we are in 2020, it’s important that your company understands your employees should be seen as more than just “workers.” They are all individuals with responsibilities. Some may have children, others may be looking after their parents – you may even have employees that just have a very busy social life. It’s important to incorporate all of these lifestyles with a flexible working routine. This will allow your employees the opportunity to come into work when it suits both their job and lifestyle simultaneously. It will also let them operate remotely so they can continue balancing their professional and private responsibilities. Giving your employees this opportunity can really help them keep on top of their work, so make sure you have a flexible working scheme in place.
It’s also important to be aware of a worker’s mental health. 1 in 6 workers are diagnosed with either depression or anxiety, which is why if you don’t keep track of how your workers are feeling, you may find that they burn out at your workplace. Make sure that you have mindfulness schemes in place to check in on how your employees are feeling. This could be in the form of an Employee Assistance Programme from LifeWorks or even just an occasional chat from HR. It can help your staff stay focused without them becoming overburdened.
It’s natural that your candidates want to keep learning, even after they have been working at your company for several years. That’s why it’s important to give them the opportunity to do so. Offer courses so that they can expand on their skills and have the opportunity to become creative and gain new ideas. You may want to also send them to a conference where they might be able to network with other companies or people in a similar position to their own.
It can be difficult to work in a company that does not reward its employees for their work. Most of the time credit tends to go people in more authoritative positions. So, don’t forget to give some recognition to different departments when it is due. This can come in the form of a reward, such as allowing people to leave early, a meal out, or even a small bonus at the end of the month.
No one really likes working in a department on their own. Sometimes your employees can feel a little isolated if the work is entirely dumped on them or if they are made to feel alone. Candidates like seeing a thriving department, especially if there are workers that they can look up to and use as a sounding board for their ideas.