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Top 5 Workplace Trends of 2019

23 Apr 11:00 by Jessica Tabinor

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2019 marks an exciting and innovative period of transition for companies nationwide, from cultural change to automation, companies are innovating, adapting and improving both with their internal and external offering.

So, as we draw closer to the end of Q1, we take a look at the top 5 workplace trends of 2019…


The Importance of Employee Wellbeing

Companies are finding new ways to promote employee health and wellbeing and to make staff aware of services and products they may not have accessed previously. At the Bridge and as part of the wider Morson Group we have implemented a mental health first aiders programme.

The programme is an exciting initiative that establishes individuals as touch points throughout the Bridge and the wider Morson Group, enabling them to connect with those struggling with mental illness within our internal workforce – and to be that first step in accessing the support they need.

The programme works together with our existing counselling services, stress management and support, ensuring a personalised approached since there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to mental health.


Flexible Working

One of the biggest business culture trends currently is flexible working and companies have seen an increase in employee retention by introducing it as a modern corporate culture change.

“Roughly 70% of Millennials see themselves as working independently at some point, rather than being employed within a traditional organisational structure”

It can aid greater cost-effectiveness and efficiency such as saving on overheads when staff are working from home and incorporate longer operating hours. It can also reduce the number of absences to attend doctor’s appointments and even reduce the number of sick days your staff take due to longer rest periods and a healthier work/life balance.

All of the above ensures a more productive workforce which in turn creates an increased level of customer satisfaction and that all-important edge on competitors.


A Continued Focus on Diversity and Inclusion

More than ever companies are recognising the need for underrepresented groups in their workforces. Equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) remain hot topics, especially when analysing representation, or the often thereby lack of, at the top, and we’re working hard to ensure that ED&I becomes part of the norm by changing the conversation.

A lack of diversity has created an imbalance in many of the sectors that the Bridge operates in. We’ve witnessed first-hand how females, LGBTQ+ and ethnic minorities have been underrepresented, particularly at senior level.


Embrace AI

We saw the recruitment industry embrace artificial intelligence in a big way in 2018, from becoming more aware of how analytics can assist with hiring to actually using AI capabilities. The new technology aims to automate parts of the recruiting workflow, especially repetitive, high-volume tasks such as reviewing CV’s. Ultimately, AI can make the recruitment process faster and more efficient.

AI recruiting video interview platforms, for example, use biometric and psychometric analysis to evaluate not only the quality of candidate answers but also voice quality, pace of speech, voice energy, use of fillers, etc.

As part of the Morson Group the Bridge have partnered with RecruitmentSMART to implement its game-changing recruitment sourcing and screening technology. SniperAI provides a game-changing technology that incorporates machine learning and auto screening to match job specifications to potential candidate CV’s at rapid speed. Read more about the latest technology here.


Pace of Work Will Continue to Increase

With the introduction of tools like collaborative work management platforms, automation, templates, and other resources, it’s never been easier to work at a breakneck pace. Improving technology means that things are able to get done efficiently, without such a heavy burden placed on employees.

Work is accelerating, businesses are moving faster than ever before, and contributors are expected to do more in less time. If our prediction comes true, employers will soon be finding ways to embrace the technology that will enable staff to work harder whilst incorporating all the key trends listed above!

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