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Wendy Matton

The workplace is changing rapidly. Even the most traditional offices are younger, more diverse, and seamlessly connected. Employees have higher expectations than ever before when it comes to their work environment, basic benefits and coverages, and other factors, so make sure that your company keeps up. Consider this year's top trends if you think that your organization needs an HR boost to accommodate this evolution.

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Emphasizing Culture

Say goodbye to the dreaded "grind." Today's employees want to enjoy coming to work. Studies show that actively disengaged workers are twice as likely to have depression, so be sure that you invest in employee health and culture. Add optional employee activities such as sports teams, theme days, and book clubs, for example.

Welcoming Freelancers

Not all employees are looking for an office environment. The gig economy appeals to many workers today, especially for those in creative fields. Consider how your organization can accommodate freelance and part time work, as these employees can offer services not available in-house.

Allowing Work Autonomy

Today's employees want flexibility in and out of the office. Equip your office with a variety of workspaces, allowing your employees to choose where they work best. Also look into whether your employees can work remotely. This flexibility will lead to more productive and happy workers.

Customizing Benefits Plans

Your employees are in different phases of their lives and will want various employee benefits and health care coverage options. While some might opt for the basic benefits and coverages, others will be looking for more. Throw out the one size fits all package and allow your workers to customize.

Encouraging Diversity

If you notice that all of your employees fit into one demographic, your HR department likely needs adjusting. Make sure that your recruiting strategy and work environment is inclusive for all races, genders, religions, and sexual orientations. Having a diverse workplace allows for all perspectives to be considered and encourages employee growth.

Work with Your Employees

Beyond including these trends in your updated HR strategy, be sure to ask your employees what they expect from your HR department. Check in regularly about their satisfaction with the benefits package, work environment, and other factors. You will constantly need to adjust as your workplace changes. 

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Wendy Matton

Wendy has nearly 40 years of experience in the financial services sector. She began in banking and moved on to Bay St. trading in fixed income, currency and commodities, to management. The next phase was spent in sales and advisory roles as an independent financial and insurance advisor. She has spent the last 15 years as a consultant in the employee benefits industry. Wendy enjoys going on gal-pal road trips with her daughter visiting theatres and B&Bs across Ontario. When not hosting a “Scuff ‘n’ Scoff” with her hubby and musical friends, her most treasured moments are outdoors, back in the hills of Newfoundland on a ski-doo or on a pristine lake with her dad, in a canoe.
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