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Author Vadim
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6 trends for working conditions in 2018

10 years ago e-mails and instant messages began to replace phone calls and meetings as the primary means of business communication.


Over the past decade, much has changed, but these 6 trends will change our habitual way of work in the near future even more.

The line between office and home is being erased

Applications for collaborative work are paving the way for freelancers, contractors and remote teams, making traditional offices obsolete. Offices will acquire a homely atmosphere - there will be a special place for rest.
Workers in open-plan offices will be free in their movements.

Technology becomes a strategic advantage

Competitiveness in business plays a big role. Not to give up their positions, more and more companies will implement automation systems such as CRM, ERP, WMS, etc.
As more and more companies use for collaborative work the social networks, the boundary between personal and professional life on the Internet is gradually being erased.
Digital assistants like Siri and Cortana learn your habits to help increase efficiency and productivity. The wearable device will tell you when to take a break to maintain maximum workability.

Methods of work organization are becoming softer

Instead of debugging standard processes and products, companies will experiment and more boldly go on the calculated risk. The business will be supported by a small group of key employees, and to perform other roles will be used the services of freelancers on a contract basis. 
Big companies will try to introduce the horizontal management style similar to "holacracy". This will save employees from a rigid job hierarchy and help them to make a more significant contribution to the development of the company.

The importance of multi-tasking and interpersonal skills

With the growth of globalization and the role of cultural diversity for the successful leadership and collaboration will be required a high level of cultural intelligence. Staff turnover in companies will rise, more and more people will get a job for 2-3 years, gain experience and move on.
To adapt to high turnover, employees will have to master several skills and quickly switch between them. Special popularity will be short-term training courses lasting several months.

The growing popularity of remote work

Instead of only partially to give the job to remote employees, companies will go entirely on a remote basis.
The offices will serve as a place of collective interaction, as the staff will appear there only when there will be the need to work in a team.

The success of the company depends on the culture

Instead of annual audits performance, organizations will pay more attention to the mentoring and professional development, allow the employees to set goals on their own. More common will be individual incentives, such as paid leave for childcare and ongoing training.
In terms of a threatening lack of talented specialists, the fact that there are more women owners of diplomas and degrees, as well as what they acquire 83% of consumer goods, means that more women will hold leadership positions.

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