By Debbie Bolla
Lots of research comes across my desk, including our own (see a roundupÂ of recent HRO Today studies here), and LinkedInâs 2019Â Global Talent Trends report spoke to me personally. On its cover: AÂ female working on a laptop while holding a baby. This choice clearlyÂ exemplifies a major shift in the workplace: Organizations are embracingÂ the importance of a work-life balance. And even if you arenât a workingÂ parent, you can certainly understand the struggle of juggling both workÂ and life responsibilities.
In fact, of the researchâs main trends transforming the workplace, 72Â percent of talent professionals agree that flexibility is a top factor.Â Employees seek flexibility in all aspects of their work, including health andÂ wellness benefits.
âFlexibility with employee benefits is key to creating a greater sense ofÂ connectivity in the workplace,â says Bradd Chignoli of MetLife. ChignoliÂ and other experts offer strategies for a more holistic approach toÂ employee perks in Whole-Self Benefits.
Beating out flexibility is the impact of soft skills (91 percent), which areÂ often difficult to come by. One solution? Develop them. Stacy Tiger,Â director of talent and organizational development for BOK Financial, saysÂ that management should offer valuable resources for learning soft skillsÂ to help employees achieve success more efficiently. Click here toÂ see how the companyâs âAccelerated Career Trackâ program helps shapeÂ younger employees in becoming more collaborative critical thinkers.
Anti-harassment practices will also be a top trend with 71 percent ofÂ talent professionals in agreement. In the #MeToo era, employees areÂ hyperaware of anything that can potentially give rise to a claim, saysÂ Jonathan D. Ash, Esq. In Preventive Measures, the partner ofÂ Fox Rothschild shares best practices on how organizations can reviewÂ their anti-harassment policies and communicate them through trainingÂ programs.
Are any of these trends on your agenda for 2019? If so, we are here toÂ help!