A New Year calls for a new perspective, doesn’t it? So time to pack away those old, lethargic management practices and start picking up on newer, more refreshing ways to run your company. Sure your business is small, or just starting out, or doesn’t even enough employees to draw on atypical management styles. But the best place to begin is from the start. Here are some emerging trends that might help your company stand out and perform better.
1. Performance Focus
Here’s something AON has found.
Successful companies with the best human resource practices are performance focused. This means that they have clear performance outcomes which helps them to assign, train and manage people accordingly. AON found that a performance focus also leads to more employee engagement because it provides them with more challenging prospects rather than their mundane regular tasks. But at the end of the day, it should also bring about recognition.
2. Encouraging Leadership
Here’s another thing that good companies are doing—encouraging employees to take the initiative. Employees that may not be in management positions will not see themselves as stakeholders, so they wouldn’t always want to put their best foot forward. But encouraging every employee to bring in new ideas will make turn the entire company into a think tank… and again call for greater employee engagement.
Let’s face it, when the novelty of a new job has worn off, the repetitive purgatory of a 9 to 5 job kicks in. And that’s when an employee’s performance starts to go down. A better management practice then would be to allow for flexible working hours. When ideas seem to have come to a stop, step out of the office and get a fresh perspective. Let employees choose the work hours they want if it means more productivity. Create a flexible, yet structured environment. A lot of managers use employee monitoring tools to keep track of everyone in a non-intrusive way, which is a good idea if each worker is to have their own work patterns.
4. More for Part-time
Recruiters seemed to think part-time workers are loose cannons, even if they’re easier on company costs. However, think about it this way: a part-time worker comes to the workplace with the job in mind and probably gets it done in a more efficient way. It’s also a great way to test out new recruits before giving them the go for full time.
5. Going Global
Your talent pool shouldn’t be restricted to one area. Hiring people from around the world means more diversity and more input. Businesses are now managing people who work for them around the world. Once more, employee monitoring tools have made this possible. If there is a way for managers to stay in touch with their workforce no matter where in the world they are, going global isn’t a problem at all.
What these emerging trends are doing is eliminating the hierarchical structures and allowing for everyone to be a stakeholder. It’s allowing a more creative thought process, it’s allowing for flexibility, and it is allowing for more employee engagement. Above all, these trends are encouraging each company to become its own cultural nirvana.