Flexible working schemes, lax office dress codes, and aversion to top-down decision-making appear to be the current trends in the workplace. But where did the need for these changes originate?
With the need to lessen employees and the Millennials’ turnover rate, it is easy to attribute workplace changes to them. But are Millennials truly the driving force behind the changing work environment? Let’s look into workplace changes – and the rationale for them.
Aesthetic and functional office designs
The acknowledgement that space affects productivity.
Numerous research has been done on how the workplace affects employees. Studies suggest that a well-designed work environment:
- Positively affects employee health
- Promotes collaboration
- Affects productivity
- Promotes employee happiness
International developer Lend-lease sets a good example for this as they had the Paya Lebar Quarter office designed with the aim of creating a “dynamic working ecosystem.” The vision of Paya Lebar Quarter’s workplace is to make staff happy and healthy to increase business productivity. Outside their Grade-A office space, green spaces suitable for yoga and other exercises are available. Al fresco dining establishments are also present to provide teams with a change of scenery for meetings.
Addressing employees’ need for work-life balance.
Globalisation and technology paved the way for telecommuting and working flexibility. Recently, though, companies are supporting flexible work schedules to have happier and more productive employees.
Google is consistently featured for its workplace culture, office design, and employee flexibility, among many other best practices. Google allows employees to work from home and at least 28% of the employees telecommute. Employees share that even though they have to work a lot, they do not have to do their jobs chained to their desk. Google employees enjoy the company culture, perks, and flexibility and report a lower stress rate compared to other Fortune 500 companies.
The constant push for reducing cultural and gender biases changes the workplace landscape as well. It can be seen that the rationales behind workplace variations in no way focus on addressing the demands of one generation alone.
One thing is clear though; employers are waking up and acknowledging the importance of employees. Meanwhile, other companies are feeling the pressure to adopt some of these trends to attract great talent.