A shift in workplace focus is in order. Digital tools allowing remote work that engage employees to enable companies to meet their transformation goals. Here are five emerging workplace trends in 2023.
Even though the pandemic is long gone, we are still living in the re-adjustment era, and even with everything else going on in the world, pandemic-based pursuits have also transformed the future of work.
In 2023, employers and employees alike are trying to integrate pandemic-based learnings into their workplace culture. The consistent focus on virtual reality, improving employee experience, and building leadership culture are all examples of innovative workplace transformation.
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Five emerging workplace trends that are going to change the future of corporate work in 2023:
1. Virtual Reality for Work
Only a few years ago, virtual reality (VR) seemed like something of a far future and video games. However, it is now quickly evolving into a fast-emerging workplace trend. VR is a great way to improve corporate communication and employee engagement. Unlike video conferencing, it allows employees to inhabit the same space and manipulate data in real-time. VR also provides extraordinary global connectivity, drastically impacting the HR world.
Virtual reality aims to create a space for you that goes beyond the physical world. It brings people together and transforms the future of the Metaverse. Meta products are forcing an evolution of social technology and the corporate Metaverse with their immersive experience in virtual and augmented reality.
Companies like NASA and the armed forces are using this innovative technology for training purposes reducing the risk and cost. Even Walmart uses virtual simulations to prepare and train employees for black Friday sales. In other words, VR is becoming an essential tool for all business industries, including automotive, healthcare, retail, and tourism. VR and the Metaverse will redefine workplace trends and businesses worldwide, from real estate and architecture to marketing and education. For example, VR for Inclusion: Women in Tech is an immersive training experience that helps allies better understand what it’s like for women to navigate the workplace and learn ways they can offer support. This 15-minute 180° film follows five different women and looks at the unique challenges they face in the workplace.
2. Hybrid Work
According to a survey of 800 workplaces, about 77% of companies have shifted to the Hybrid working model. The reason for this change is that employers all over the world are now understanding and valuing what employees want. Hybrid work is a flexible work model for many employees, allowing them to invest more in their work and improve productivity.
It is only a myth that employees must show up to the office daily to add value to the workforce. Happy, engaged, and satisfied employees can improve outcomes and reduce work burnout. Remote working also reduces a workforce's physical footprint lowering the cost of facility expenses. However, the hybrid model can seriously impact scheduling and internal communication requiring advanced VR and digital tools to improve corporate communication for remote employees.
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3. Well-being and Positivity
According to statistics, happy and positive employees improve business outcomes and can even lead to a 23% increase in profits. This is why employers need to care about the well-being of their employees. Microsoft Viva Insights ensures positivity and well-being in your workflow. With personalized recommendations, daily briefings, and data-driven feedback, it is an effective way to practice focus and be kind to your mind.
Companies that focus on employee well-being and positivity don’t only boost morale, but they attract better talent and reduce absences in the workplace. Hence, corporate leaders should concentrate on creating positivity among employees. Here are some things you can adopt to improve positivity and well-being at your workplace:
👍 Teach your employees to be mindful of the present situation rather than to procrastinate about future projects.
💻 Give clarity regarding tasks to avoid employee burnout.
💃 Allow your employees to have fun. Arrange stress-relieving activities and cozy corners for them to take breaks in between work.
👓 Professionally deal with conflicts.
💬 Encourage team collaboration and social communication between colleagues allowing them to decompress.
🗂️ Train your employees to stay organized.
🎉 Find reasons to bring your workforce together and celebrate accomplishments.
🎫 Connect different departments and employees through business lunches and volunteer events.
Employee productivity determines the success of any business. Creating policies and maintaining a balanced environment where employees are focused and productive is imperative. Wellness policies can be essential to keeping employees engaged and boosting productivity. About 35% of people become drastically less productive when they suffer from mental health issues. This is why you should implement wellness hours, therapy access, and self-expression awareness.
Another helpful tool to improve workforce productivity is Microsoft Teams. It allows you to streamline your collaboration with a third-party app integration system. MS teams can make sharing and optimizing information easier for your work teams.
All the emerging workplace trends in 2023 focus on increasing productivity. The hybrid work model is another example of a business tactic improving productivity. How? Let us tell you. Employees all around the world are expressing their desire for a flexible working model. This model allows them to work whenever and wherever they want. Giving your employees this choice will encourage them to invest more in their work, thus boosting productivity.
5. Employee Engagement
One of the most critical and beneficial workplace trends for the future is going to be employee engagement. Ensuring employee satisfaction can solve many problems, from lack of productivity and employee burnout to conflicts and communication. Engaged workplaces have shown a 41% decrease in absenteeism.
Businesses focusing on improving employee engagement are doing significantly better in every department. Here are some simple ways you can embed employee engagement into the core of your workplace ethics:
📈 Recognize your employees and their accomplishments.
💐 Provide incentives and rewards for your employees to do better.
💡 Engage employees by allowing them to express ideas and take the lead.
😁 Allow enthusiastic employees to take leadership and evolve business strategies.
🗨️Create a setting that will enable employees to interact and discuss options. Many businesses think that open workstations encourage better interaction and collaborative engagement.
Workplace from Meta is a great tool to connect your entire company on a single platform. Whether for business communication or employee engagement, Workplace can help you in overcoming the most significant challenges.
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With Workplace, employees can interact with each other in a shared virtual environment, fostering collaboration and engagement regardless of their physical location. The platform offers a range of features, including virtual meeting rooms, shared whiteboards, and customizable avatars, making it an engaging and immersive alternative to traditional video conferencing and other remote collaboration tools. By leveraging Workplace from Meta, businesses can create a more engaging and inclusive work environment that enables employees to connect, collaborate, and innovate.
The future of work is evolving, and so are the trends for modern workplaces. Company leaders are now putting business communication and employee satisfaction at the focal point of their business goals. With numerous companies experimenting with virtual meeting rooms, diverse hybrid models, and improvising strategies to boost employee engagement, it is vital to do things the right way.
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The future of work is bright, with endless possibilities for companies to create an inclusive and engaging workplace. By equipping employees with cutting-edge technology and embracing the Metaverse, businesses can provide the immersive experiences that employees crave. The journey into the future of employee experience has begun, and it's time for companies to seize this opportunity. Don't wait any longer - join the digital age and enhance your employee experience today with LineZero!
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