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The top 5 key issues from Business Leader Magazine’s Future of the workplace roundtable debate

by Heat Recruitment

This morning we attended Business Leader Magazine’s Future of the workplace roundtable debate.

There was a number of topics discussed by business leaders from across the region:

  • What impact will the national living wage have on businesses?
  • How is ‘Brexit’, if at all, affecting employment?
  • How is flexible working impacting on businesses?
  • What will the future of the workplace look like?
  • How is technology changing the role of work?
  • How do business owners ensure they meet the demands of millennials?
  • Is a job for life a thing of the past?
  • How is recruitment changing?
  • How important is the architecture/interior of a workplace for employees?
  • What legislation is impacting on businesses and their employment ambitions?

So in an every evolving workplace, what are the key issues facing employers?

1. One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to flexible working. Each business must be aware of what employees want so that engagement is not affected if the change is a big one.

2. Technology is allowing us to be more flexible but it also means that many people are working longer hours as they are constantly connected. Some countries have already put into place increased rights for employees to disconnect, so when does it become unreasonable for work emails to still be delivered?

3. Is flexible working a benefit for the employer or the employee? Is working from home offered as a way of reducing costs for the employer or enhancing the work / life balance for the employee? Reassessing key business goals when it comes to flexible working is increasingly important to make sure business functions aren’t affected.

4. The skills gap is an issue that many employers are trying to fill across all industries. Training and Development is key to filling the gap but flexible working makes this incredibly difficult, meaning that new models need to be developed.

5. It is crucial that staff are regularly engaged if they are working remotely to ensure that standards are maintained but also so that they are not isolated in their role. With the increasing ease or remote working via the increased digitalization of businesses, it’s easy to forget the importance of ensuring a team is property integrated. Not only in terms of workflow but also to support from team members.