Employers are being urged to stay current with the emerging workplace trends of 2024 in order to remain competitive, foster a positive work culture, and enhance productivity.
FDM Group, whose mission is to bring people and technology together, has provided key insights on what they believe will be the trends dominating workplaces in 2024.
The team has also outlined why organisations should consider implementing these trends if they want to stay competitive and productive.
From a heightened focus on employee wellbeing and continuous learning, to recruiting based on skills rather than qualifications, these workplace trends are expected to play a pivotal role in shaping an inclusive and adaptive work environment in 2024 and beyond.
The key to successfully navigating these trends is to stay adaptable and open to change. FDM believes that it’s a matter of understanding the evolving nature of work and recognising that these changes can pave the way for a more inclusive and productive work environment.
Sheila Flavell, CBE, COO FDM Group said: : “Adapting to the workplace trends of 2024 requires a holistic view of the changing work landscape, with a focus on employee wellbeing, mentorship, continuous learning, and a willingness to embrace technology.
“These elements form the foundation of a forward-thinking workplace. By creating an environment that encourages personal growth, equal opportunities, and technological innovation, we not only foster employee engagement and productivity but also underline our commitment to staying relevant in the evolving work culture.”
Here are FDM Group’s nine workplace trends that organisations should embrace in 2024:
Employee wellbeing goes beyond just physical health. It includes mental health, work-life balance, and job satisfaction. Employers are increasingly recognising the need to create a work environment that promotes overall wellbeing, as it leads to increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, and higher employee retention rates.
There are a number of initiatives businesses can implement to support this, such as introducing Mental Health First-Aiders, brushing up on your diversity and inclusion policies, introducing employee resource groups, and networks. Not sure what your employees need? Run an employee feedback survey to find out!
Skills over qualifications
With the rapidly changing work landscape, organisations are prioritising skills over traditional qualifications during recruitment. They value adaptive learning, problem-solving skills, and technological literacy, recognising that these competencies are often more predictive of on-the-job performance than formal education credentials. This type of inclusive hiring approach will enable businesses to hire more diverse talent with greater potential for upskilling, rather than simply hiring based on academic credentials.
Mentorship programmes are gaining prominence as they offer employees personalised guidance and support, which in turn fosters professional growth and skills development. These programmes also enhance employee engagement and boost morale.
Considering the pace at which technology is evolving, continuous learning has become a key aspect of career development. Organisations are providing learning opportunities and resources to help employees keep up with new industry developments and to foster a culture of innovation and adaptability.
Automation is transforming various job roles and industries more generally. Rather than replacing human workers, it’s helping them to focus more on strategic, creative tasks by taking over repetitive and laborious tasks. Successful organisations are embracing automation and providing support for employees to navigate through this transition.
More organisations are offering the option of career breaks or sabbaticals, understanding that a break can lead to increased productivity, renewed motivation, and improved work-life balance for employees. These breaks can be used for personal development, travel, or pursuing a passion project.
Diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion remains a key trend, with businesses understanding the value of a diverse workforce. A diverse workforce encourages varied perspectives, drives innovation, and reflects a multinational customer base. Inclusive policies also ensure that this diverse talent pool feels valued and accepted.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to evolve, with Generative AI promising to become more prevalent in the workplace. This technology can autonomously create content, from writing reports to designing graphics, therefore freeing up time for employees to focus on more complex tasks.
Gen Z takeover
As Gen Z enters the workforce, businesses are adapting to their unique expectations and skill sets. This generation values flexibility, technology, purpose-driven work, and continuous learning opportunities.
To stay ahead, businesses must proactively accommodate Gen Z in their organisational structures. This involves fostering a dynamic and inclusive culture, leveraging technology to enhance collaboration, and reevaluating your recruitment strategies to attract and retain Gen Z talent, ensuring they resonate with Gen Z’s core values.
FDM is a global consultancy that has been powering the people behind technology and innovation for over 30 years. The company offers specialist training to graduates, ex-forces personnel, and people who have taken a career break, providing individual mentorship and opportunities to excel with world-class businesses. FDM collaborate and consult with clients, providing exactly the right people, right when they are needed.