By Jason Richmond / March 17, 2017
Newest Leadership Trends
It is now a couple months into the great 2017. On the first of the year, New Year’s Resolutions were made. Many of them have long since been forgotten while others have seemed to stick for whatever reason. Below are some of the newest leadership trends 2017 has made a priority.
It is no secret that there is no “I” in team. Working together obviously makes projects get done quicker and be more efficient. In 2017, leaders are placing more emphasis on group work than solo work. With group work comes knowledge sharing between employees. This knowledge sharing leads to transparency, which is a huge benefit for companies. Transparency allows for better relationships at work, increased engagement, and more productivity since everyone knows what is going on. Because group work involves more than one person, it is important for all employees to be on the same page.
Work on the Go
Today, schedules are so hectic. People bounce from one task to the next all day long without even taking a second to breathe. A huge workplace gamechanger is allowing for a mobile workplace. Allowing employees to sit at home in their pajamas and get their work done gives some people a huge relief. When they work from home, they don’t have to deal with transportation or being presentable for the day. As long as the employees get the work done, and there is no need for them to come into the office that day, there is no reason they should have to come in. Obviously, if they have some sort of meeting they need to come into the office, but if they are able to complete their work at a remote location, allow them the convenience of getting their work done when they choose to do so. Allowing employees to work remotely not only show the employee that their boss has confidence in them, it gives them the ease to get things done around their own personal schedule, which is a huge priority for employees this year.
Every company is focused on continued learning now a days. There are lunch and learns, special workshops for employees, and much more. However, all of these extra opportunities for learning are spectacular, but this year the focus is more on individualized learning. Yes, employees learn a lot when they go to workshops as a group, but the research and technology is there to prove that personalized learning gives the employee that much more of an edge with their education. Technology can pick up a learner’s preferred style. Whether that learning style is visual, auditory, or any other way, the technology can pick that up and help the employee learn to the best of their ability thus increasing productivity.
In an ever changing society that jumps from one thing to the next within five minutes, leaders may find it hard to stay on one project. This year however, leaders are focused on sticking to the plan and not backing down. Employees expect their jobs to be stable and in order for that to be possible there has to be productivity to keep the company going. With a little bit of endurance, leaders are able to keep their team on the right track and lay out everything on the table, aka transparency. Revising strategy could result in many shockwaves that the leader didn’t even imagine happening. Stay on course, keep the employees happy, and remain productive when you stick with your gut and finish what has been started.
In the new year, it is important for leaders to show appreciation towards their employees. Now, more than ever, employees are looking for the recognition that they deserve for their hard work. Gestures as simple as giving someone a “good job” or a pat on the back will do, but employees want to know that they are doing well and that their work isn’t going unnoticed. After all, a few kind words can go a long way. If an employee receives recognition, they may become more productive and be more positive at work. There aren’t very negative side effects of a little recognition, in fact, it gives employees the confidence boost they need every once in awhile in order to stay at the top of their game.
In a never ending era of technology, more and more new inventions change the way we work. This year, gamification is making its presence as clear as can be. With virtual reality on the rise, simulating a work experience has become more and more enticing to businesses. That way employees can learn on the job experience without being thrown straight into the fire right away. Along with this, electronics still play a major role in the workplace because the world is trying to make everything digital instead of the old paper way.
All of these trends are unique in their own way but appear to be sticking around for awhile. Hopefully they will increase workplace productivity for companies across the world. Trends may come and go, but these seem like real keepers when it comes to increasing the productivity and efficiency of the workplace.