Tuesday 20 August 2019

Workplace trends to watch for 2019

Aoife Geary - Independent Jobs

Regardless of what company or industry you’re in, the workplace is in a state of flux.

Between advancements in technology, evolving managerial structures and new talent priorities there’s lots of changes to come. Are you ready for them?

Here’s what you can expect to see in the workplace in 2019.

High employment

Unemployment levels worldwide are at an all time low. In Ireland we are currently at around 6%, the lowest they’ve been for over a decade. It’s predicted that 250,000 net additional jobs will be created nationally from 2017-2022. The Brexit effect is set to continue with financial services firms in particular considering moving all or part of their operations to Irish cities.

This makes for a candidate driven market where employers will need to be innovative if they are to attract the most talented people to their roles. Expect to see less job boards and traditional advertising as companies look to connect with audiences in smarter, more targeted ways. Skilled candidates will have their choice of roles and will be in a good position to negotiate the conditions they want from a new role.

Better technology

AI is becoming more integrated in the workplace resulting in more elements of work being carried out by machines. While there is much apprehension about a bot takeover, the reality is that increased automation will replace menial tasks and free up more time for strategic and creative work. Expect to see AI used for more scheduling and administrative tasks and employees focusing on uniquely human skills such as building relationships.

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Greater flexibility

As a workforce we are demanding more autonomy and freedom in our roles. Remote working, coworking spaces and the gig economy are all on the rise allowing for more flexible working practices and environments. In a recent survey by Jobbio, 45% of people said they wanted to see a move towards project by project or freelance work. Collaboration and communication skills will need to be prioritised if teams are to effectively work together across different projects, offices and timezones.

Focus on upskilling

The future of work revolves around technology. As tech advances, so too do the skills required to operate that tech. That means a greater focus on upskilling and education. The Jobbio survey reveals that 85% of people plan to pursue further education or skills building in 2019. Employers will need to ensure they’re appealing to current and future talent by offering growth opportunities. It’s not just about satisfying new tech requirements, today’s talent are ambitious and eager to develop professionally. The most in-demand skills for 2019 will be data analysis, machine learning, cybersecurity and coding.

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