2012 Human trends
- Continued, rapid business change – if you keep doing the same thing you’re losing ground.
- Business mistakes are publicized instantly – think Netflix, News of the World. Social media can be brutal.
- Increasing worker stress – financial uncertainty, care-giving, lean staff and tougher goals are weighing on employee minds.
- Emphasis on efficiency and productivity – employee absenteeism and presenteeism (physically here but mentally elsewhere) are working against your efforts to keep costs down.
- Business regulation – there is some recognition that over-regulation can be anti-business but the Healthy Workplace Bill is coming. It’s new legislation which some conservatives will fight but it started because companies ignored brutal, ongoing employee targeting that had a direct relationship to their mental health.
- Workplace bullying websites abound – your employees have options for free advice of how to react to workplace bullying in your company and how to seek legal advice.
- Increased employee litigation – this is just a fact of doing business, if you lose touch with disgruntled employees or you aren’t listening trouble will find you.
- A third of employees are ready to move when economy improves – because your employees are afraid to move now doesn’t mean they are thinking about it.
- Increasing cultural diversity – inclusion requires preparing the ground. Employees unencumbered by things like respect and company no-tolerance stance on slurs, etc., can be brutal. Sexual orientation discrimination claims are on the rise.
- Employees no longer work in the same office – homes, virtual space, remote locations create challenges for creating a united workplace culture.
- Multiple generations working together – you’re adding generations X, Y, and Z to established workers. Do you pay attention to culture clash?
- Increasing disparity between high and low employees’ disposable income – your lower-income employees are borrowing, taking money from 401(k)s, and even if they’ve had raises, medical costs and other prices have eroded disposable income.
- Decline in civility, everywhere – Sorry to say this but arguing, short tempers and narcissism are on the rise. Positive culture articulation is an important counter-point.