Earlier this year, Gallup released its 2017 State of the American Workplace Report, which shines a light on the trends that are affecting businesses across the country.
Suffice it to say, the American workplace is changing dramatically — and will continue to change in the coming years.
For starters, Gallup uncovered a trend where employees are increasingly working remotely and setting their own schedules. In 2012, 39% of workers tackled their work from outside the office. In 2016, that number ticked up to 43%. This trend translates into fewer face-to-face interactions. To make up for the lack of in-person meetings, employees use emails, collaboration platforms, and conference calls to communicate with one another.
As more and more employees work outside the office, companies are minimizing their costs by reducing their real estate holdings. Many organizations simply don’t need a ton of office space anymore. So they’re moving into smaller offices and adopting hybrid floor plans that enable employees to work comfortably whenever they happen to be in the office.
The challenge in all this is that, if they wish to remain competitive for the foreseeable future, organizations need to become agile and even more collaborative. This is difficult since employee engagement still remains a tricky issue for many organizations.
“Underlying all of this is an evolving employee attitude about what a job should and should not be,” the Gallup report states. “Most workers, many of whom are millennials, approach a role and a company with a highly defined set of expectations. They want their work to have meaning and purpose. They want to use their talents and strengths to do what they do best every day. They want to learn and develop. They want their job to fit their life.”
The comprehensive report also contains a number of interesting data points:
There’s a lot to unpack here. To read the rest of the report, head over to Gallup’s website.