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Work is changing. It’s no longer about wearing shirts and ties, working nine to five and transferring your tired body continuously from meeting room to desk, in an endless monotonous cycle.
These days, more employees are mobile and working smart, connected on a global scale, and the old way of working has been disrupted.

Because of this, the way your employees work is becoming a big part of how attractive your company may seem to them as an employment prospect. Here are some issues to consider and, trends that companies worldwide are noticing and incorporating into their offerings for employees:

1. Flexibility

When it comes to millenials, it’s not that they’re lazy, it’s simply that they want greater flexibility to choose a lifestyle that suits them. Perhaps they want to exercise and take a longer lunch break, and then make up that time later in the evening. Or, maybe they want a choice of medical aid plans, rather than being forced to take one out that doesn’t fit in with their lifestyle? It’s all about offering greater choice so they can craft the life they want, around the work they do.

2. Dress code

Gone are the days of stipulating the cut of someone’s suit or that they had to wear their hair a certain way. New age workers want to dress to express themselves, and often comfort is a primary factor. Some of the most successful business owners of this new age wear jeans and trainers to work, and society has come to accept that you don’t need to power dress in order to be taken seriously. Given this factor, it may be an idea to relook at your company dress code. It’s understood that many industries still require a degree of formality, especially when meeting with clients, but dress codes have become far more relaxed than they used to be.

3. Leave policy

Many innovative companies are now doing away with leave policies where a certain number of days per year were stipulated. As long as you inform the company when you are taking leave, and your work or the company will not be worse off by your absence, you are encouraged to take leave when you want to. This is clearly something that works in certain business set-ups but is harder to implement in others.

4. Profit sharing

How do you motivate people to work harder or smarter? You let them share in the profits of the business. Doing this ensures that all employees are invested in their performance, because they will directly reap the benefits, rather than simply make someone else wealthier. If you treat your staff as if you’re all partners in the business together, rather than simple employees (an “us and them” mentality), you’ll have higher morale and better teamwork, and your workforce will produce work of better quality as a whole.

5. Culture and Training

While the new world of work may mean employees are more autonomous, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to work somewhere that fits in with their beliefs. In fact, company culture has become even more important as individuals search for meaning in the work they do. They want to work for a company that is doing something they believe in, that fulfils them, so this needs to be a core part of your internal communications strategy. You also need to place training first and foremost, as new age employees are constantly looking for ways to enrich their skills and improve their career prospects.

6. Technology

Technology has radically changed the way that people work. Instead of logging on at 8am every morning, people are now reachable 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world, seven days a week. While this is great in terms of accessibility, this can have its disadvantages in terms of managing work/life balance. So it’s important to incorporate some kind of communication guidelines so that employees are not expected to answer emails after certain times of the day or on weekends, unless it is urgent.

The new world of work is exciting and if you adapt the way your company operates to these many exciting opportunities it offers, you’ll attract the right kind of talent and have a happier, more productive workforce.

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