HR Blog | 7 March 2019

Contemporary Workplace Culture

The workplace has changed in recent decades, in more ways than one. Although ever generation faces its own set of challenges and strives to implement the latest ideas, the 21st century seems to have impacted workplace culture more dramatically than any generation that has come before. In many ways, this has changed working life for the better. Talentia’s HR software has been developed to address some of the side effects which have arisen from these improvements, helping to create a healthy and well-rounded working culture which is enjoyable and effective for both employers and employees.

Technology

The most obvious, and the most impactful, of the changes to have taken place is the role of technology in the workplace. This has escalated at a rapid pace from implementing early computers to speed-up the process of carrying out administrative tasks and has quickly evolved into the virtual world in which we now live and work. Technology has become the backbone not only of offices but the vast majority of workplaces across almost all industries. There now exists such a wide and extensive range of both hardware and software products that very few tasks are still carried out manually, bringing enormous benefits to productivity and morale at work. As our HR software demonstrates, the widespread use of technology in the workplace means significantly less paperwork and mundane administrative tasks, freeing up staff to focus on work which is engaging, interesting and challenging. In terms of human resources, department staff are able to dedicate time to individuals and to maintaining a healthy and thriving workplace culture which, in the long run, brings further growth to your business.

Corporate Values

For the first time ever, the majority of the current workforce no longer consider salary to be the most important factor when looking for a job. The younger generation which has been filtering into the world of work over the past decade or so have a whole list of criteria regarding what makes a good workplace. We want a comfortable space which plays host to a positive environment, nurturing the kind of healthy working culture which appears never to have been a priority for our predecessors. In the same vein, we interact with others in a more casual manner than has previously been the case, and so we look for workplaces which incorporates this tone in the way colleagues relate to one another, as well as in other ways such as a more relaxed dress code and a less formal office layout (notice the popularity of open plan). This doesn’t serve to reflect a lack of professionalism, on the contrary, the modern workforce desires this kind of environment in order to boost productivity.

On a less superficial level, the ‘millennials’ are more culturally aware and pro-diversity than previous generations, so we look for workplaces which promote this also. This comes alongside a long list of values we want organisations we work for to demonstrate, including supporting charities and good causes and battling social injustices.

Personal Priorities

In addition to the values regarding corporate values and responsibility, today’s workforce have some personal priorities we look for in a workplace too. We want to enjoy our work and generally have a desire to be challenged. Unlike our grandparents, we’re discontent to remain in the same role for our entire career and are always on the lookout for personal growth and development, as well as financial promotion. Feedback is one of the most important factors on this front, because workers like to know how well they are performing and what they can do to improve. An annual review will no longer suffice, there is now a demand for continuous feedback, and if it’s lacking there’s a severe danger than employees will feel overlooked and undervalued.

Another huge priority which has popped-up in workplace culture as if from nowhere is the demand for flexible working. Employees are increasingly looking to work ‘flexi time’, meaning they work a set number of hours but have some control over which hours they work, or else they wish to be able to negotiate more annual leave days and/or have the option to work remotely sometimes.

Catering for the wishes of this new workforce in a way which encourages a strong work ethic and results in business growth is a great challenge for business owners and human resources teams. Talentia’s HR software has been created to help keep track of individuals and teams in terms of performance as well as regarding issues to do with wellbeing, meaning that well-educated, talented staff will feel valued in your organisation and will in turn bring further value. For more information visit our HR Suite page, or contact us with any queries you may have.