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What’s likely to change at work in the future

What can be expected in Chicago workplaces in the future? These are trends and expectations that Ernst & Young anticipates based on its survey of Chicago area white collar workers:

♦ With more people working virtually, employers will need to adapt office workspaces. That may mean reducing office space, creating more open workspaces along with private spaces and enabling employees to be productive at shared work locations. The corporate workspace will become a place for teams to meet and interact, supported by technology that fosters collaboration.

♦ Video chats and virtual meeting rooms will replace teleconferencing. Smartboards will enhance brainstorming sessions, and ideas will be communicated through collaborative digital platforms. High performing workplaces will find ways to leverage technology to improve business results without compromising employee relationships and culture.

♦ Leaders will need to modify their management styles to build relationships with team members and achieve productivity in a virtual world. Employers and employees will need to become comfortable with the idea that flexibility won’t mean working less, but working differently.

♦ Organizations will need to find new meaningful ways to mentor, develop, empower, reward and recognize employees to help them feel valued and sustain employee loyalty.

♦ Organizations will explore new benefit packages, such as voluntary benefit options or employee choices that balance attractiveness and affordability, while recognizing that traditional benefits remain important.

Francine Knowles

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