Over the past 25 years, technology has been the major driver of workplace changes — redefining where and how we work. These trends were the first major step in blurring the boundaries between work and life.
From the ability to work anytime, anywhere, to the emergence of on-demand and contract work through the gig economy, technology is continuing to reshape how we work.
But we are now seeing additional trends redefining why we work and what work means to people, and adapting to these trends is the key to attracting and retaining next generation staff.
Younger generations are more likely to want to work for an employer who respects their out-of-work life. Gen Z (those aged 18-22 years), in particular, want to do work that has purpose for the greater community.
Employees need an ally, and employers can play this role by creating a workplace that recognises and supports employees holistically. One that provides experiences that enrich, a culture that accepts, and guidance that helps employees reach their individual goals.
From alleviating financial stresses to giving employees time to recharge, traditional and emerging benefits can offer relevant support to employees — and they can be key ingredients for the kind of caring, trusting culture in which employees thrive.