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A Few Key “Future of Work” Trends: 2021 and Beyond

The way we work has changed and the support of innovative HR technologies and workplace trends initiated by business leaders have helped create the required impact needed to ensure global businesses and teams are able to sustain themselves despite modern-day challenges.

The Covid-19 pandemic is still redefining a lot of the typical work processes that B2B teams were used to, the pandemic along with a shift in work cultures and leadership beliefs will set a path for a new way forward through 2021 and beyond.

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With technologies like 5G enabling better remote work and a shift in focus towards employee well-being and training, today’s hybrid, flexible working model requires a different kind of process and outlook to help ensure the rest of 2021 remains strong.

Let’s quickly explore a few upcoming ‘’Future of Work’’ trends in this article:

5G –> A Nice-To-Have Becomes A Must-Have?

5G networks are set to show enterprises and individual users a lot of promise, with 5G networks, worldwide businesses will be able to capitalize on faster network connections and quicken their response times. Seeing how the future of work is set to shape up to be more hybrid with a lot more remote models thrown in, veteran networks that affect output and work continuity will have to be replaced, with better alternates. New generation of technologies and requirements mean that platforms and networks have to be able to close in on real-time needs and adjustments to allow teams to seamlessly perform complex tasks no matter where they are. 5G will boost the whole digital transformation trend while enabling more productivity, although still in its infancy, the future of work will be redefined as 5G matures the worldover.

Flexible Workplaces That Redefine Office Space Setup And Trends

With employee safety and health changing how offices are now required to manage both visitors and staff seating, not only have work spaces started taking on a new look and model, the growth of hybrid cultures and remote, distributed teams now also demands an adequate balance between how business heads and leaders plan their office locations in 2021 and beyond. While several tech leaders have expressed interest in hosting complete remote teams, some with no physical office location anymore, every business and industry will not be able to abide by this trend.

A future where work places are planned to meet changing modern-day needs and challenges, one that takes into account these current formats will change the look and feel of the typical ‘’office’’ of yesteryear.

Going forward, the future of work where offices see differential seating, rotational shifts or multi-locations to suit the needs of widely dispersed staff in place of having one key office location are all new trends to look forward.

The Rise of Not Just Millenials, but also Gen Z: to Reshape Work Cultures

More than 60% of today’s B2B decision makers are millenials, which means that the last few years have witnessed their entry into the workforce and their rise across the hierarchy. But as the future becomes the present, it’s Gen Z that will be set to change workplace cultures with their preferences and outlook that are not the same as their predecessors – the millenials. The millennial culture drove today’s widely accepted remote work model in many ways while also enabling better digital transformative efforts. Now, Gen Z’s lifestyle and interest, catered toward other issues like LGBT rights, self-learning using YouTube videos and such other behaviors will set a new path for the way the future of work will evolve.

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Rapid advances in technological developments and a growing globalized workforce are setting in place new systems and processes, business leaders who adapt to these new shifts by understanding changing behaviors and new generation gaps will be able to ensure better retention while defeating their competition. Employers can take advantage of today’s changing workplace trends to dovetail their future policies and hiring needs at the right time in order to create a win-win situation.

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