In this ever changing world future employees are having to learn and adapt at an increasing rate. The last decade has shown a dramatic change in employees with the last few turbulent years pushing that change even further. Employees and organisations need to stay relevant and up to date with their skills and mindset to be aware of the expectation of the future employee.
Due to the last few years, certain principles have come to the forefront of what is necessary for employees to embrace and adapt to, and organisations to consider for future hires. The following are some of the relevant principles of the future employee:
Having the freedom of flexible working has become a high priority since the pandemic forced this way of work on us. Employees have become used to the freedom of home working and aimed with the knowledge that the company needs can be met in this way, going back to full time office based jobs will not be an option for many.
Building your own career path
The traditional career path is no longer expected of the future employee. They will now be encouraged to look at their own way of progressing. Building their own networks, sharing valuable ideas and utilising feedback will be encouraged and contributions will be recognised. Showing leadership in this way can put employees on the path to becoming a future leader.
In the past employees have kept information to themselves in the hopes of getting ahead, now they freely share information with colleagues and collaborate on ideas together. More organisations are moving to a structureless establishment to remove the hierarchy amongst peers, therefore encouraging employees to share ideas and information to work together for the benefit of each other and the business.
New ways to communicate and collaborate
Once relying only on emails and phone calls, future employees are embracing new technology and new ways to connect. Zoom calls, Team meets and new apps for fast efficient communication are becoming the new normal.
Future employees can no longer rely on just what they already know, to succeed employees will need to commit to lifelong learning. Having the skills, ability and willingness to learn new things, how to access this information and how to apply it to their continuing work role is possibly one of the most valuable principles. This links in to sharing information as companies don’t always have formal training programmes to adhere to. Accessing online learning sessions, internal teaching and face to face interactions employees can share this information with others to teach and also learn from each other.
At Brighter Directions we pride ourselves on already having these principles as part of our company’s culture, if you would like to work as part of a supportive, friendly and empowered team then please contact us to discuss what vacancies we have available.