10 Workplace trends you'll see in 2015

January 14, 2015 Laura McDaniel

What does 2015 hold for office spaces? As footprints grow smaller, more efficient use of space has to be created. Other footprints are expanding and new types of collaboration and social spaces are being developed. See the new study on workplace trends from the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology. Chad Brooks, from BusinessNewsDaily describes it here: 

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More social responsibility, an increased blurring of the lines between home and work life and the added use of mobile assessments are among the top workplace trends for 2015, according to a new study from the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Each year, the SIOP surveys its members to determine what organizations should expect in the coming year. This year's top 10 workplace trends are:

  1. Mobile assessments: With technology continuing to grow and progress, SIOP members predict mobile assessments will be used increasingly more for selection, performance management and training and development decisions. With this in mind, the SIOP says it will be critical for businesses to get a better grasp on how mobile technology, as well as social media and social collaboration, are changing how employees are selected and recruited and how it can be used to help with performance management, worker engagement and training.
  2. More Big Data: The trend of relying on Big Data won't be fading away anytime soon. SIOP members expect that as the automation of collection and storage of data becomes easier, databases become larger and hardware and software become more advanced, empirically based Big Data predictions will become increasingly essential to workplace decisions.
  3. Less work-life balance: As the result of the proliferation of wearable technology, Google glass, smartphones and social media, employees should expect the boundary between their work and home life to continue to diminish. SIOP members believe this will make it even harder for workers to maintain a healthful work-life balance in 2015.
  4. Technology changes: Each year technology seems to change the way work gets done. 2015 will not be any different. SIOP members predict that technology will continue to radically transform all aspects of the workplace, including an increase in automation of certain tasks and jobs and changes in how employees perform assignments and interact with others.
  5. Doing more with less: The trend of having to do a better job of optimizing resources due to declining budgets will continue in the new year. SIOP members foresee these strategies continuing to be a core of many organizations' business strategies.

See the rest of the trends here.

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