Friday, February 14, 2014

2014 Workplace Trends Report Reveals Business-Critical Forecasts, Including 30 Emerging Jobs of the Future

Sodexo's report provides a detailed glimpse into the "always-on" workplace of tomorrow, offering solutions on how to get employees engaged, healthy and productive

Gaithersburg, Md., January 23, 2014 – With 54 percent of our waking hours spent at work, the employee of the future will expect to spend more time enjoying a series of memorable events and interactions that are company-initiated, according to the 2014 Workplace Trends Report, released today by Sodexo. Now in its third year, the report examines key trends and solutions linked to higher employee retention, engagement and increased productivity in more efficient, intelligent buildings. It is critical business intelligence, considering that of the approximately 100 million people in America who are employed full-time, only 30 percent of them are engaged and inspired at work.i
Sodexo’s 2014 Workplace Trends Report identifies 10 significant trends:
  1. Workplace Experience Design
  2. Creating an Engaging Work Environment Through Gamification
  3. Health-Centered Buildings: A Paradigm Shift in Buildings and Operation
  4. Cross Cultural Understanding and Management
  5. Always On: Managing the Challenges of Work-Related Communication Technology
  6. Demonstrating Value in Employee Recognition Programs: Why VOI is the New ROI
  7. Constructing "Smarter" Buildings
  8. Creating the Future of Work: Getting Started
  9. 30 Jobs of the Future and How to Create Them
  10. Total Health: Integrated Approaches to Worker Health Promotion and Protection
The Sodexo report finds that today's workforce is looking for more meaningful, relevant work; flexibility, training, civility among peers; and rewards and recognition germane to personal values. Employees want an "experience" -- one that creates an attachment to their organization. The report provides insights on how companies can create that experience, and why not doing so will have significant bottom-line implications for every business.
"You don't hire engaged people, you create them," said Michael Norris, chief operating officer, Sodexo North America. "The key to creating engaged employees lies in the experience you create for them at work. It's not only understanding how to enhance their productivity and engagement; it's also about uncovering and executing on ways to improve their quality of life." Read more...
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