Perkbox, Europe’s fastest growing employee experience platform, predicts the battle against presenteeism (the practice of coming to work despite illness) will become a key issue in the 2019 workplace, while the environmentally conscious office gains traction.
2019 will see workplaces waking up to the importance of being more environmentally friendly, while establishing a culture of psychological safety and trying to combat the rise of imposter syndrome, which affected 62% of UK adults in 2018.
In the UK, CIPD reports that 86% of employees have observed presenteeism (coming into work whilst unwell) in their organisation over the last twelve months. Along with absenteeism (staying off work without good reason), this costs the UK economy an average of £77bn per year. With reduced productivity and spreading of illnesses to others in the office being some of the most obvious effects, an effort to change attitudes will be required this 2019 to tackle this issue.
Attempts were already made last year with policies such as flexible working and unlimited holiday aiming to improve work-life balance, but these alone aren’t enough. Investing heavily in mental health initiatives such as EAPs, mental health first aiders, counselling and online GPs for staff will be a priority in 2019, as will be the need to set an example to employees, encouraging them to seek help when needed.
Tackling the epidemic that is imposter syndrome (a psychological pattern with cause individuals to believe they are not deserving of worthy of their own achievements) will also be a big HR trend in 2019, as employers realise that psychological safety can become a huge driver for growth. Imposter syndrome is estimated to have affected 62% of UK employees in 2018, it’s an issue worth its weight. Perhaps 2019 will see a movement similar to #MeToo as it gains public awareness and enforcement.
With the war on plastic intensifying significantly over the last year, Perkbox also predicts the rise of eco-workplaces turning mainstream in 2019. During 2018 large companies such as Wetherspoons and All Bar One banned plastic straws, while supermarkets like Iceland pledged to be plastic free by 2023. It is anticipated that ‘green thinking’ will play a key part in company culture. Expect initiatives such as a ‘Bring Your Own Reusable Bottle (BYORB)’, green electricity and paperless offices becoming the new norm.
Chieu Cao, CMO and co-founder of Perkbox, comments: "It’s been great to see workplace culture finally given the attention it deserves over the past year. However, acting is as important as speaking. We must act upon our promises this 2019 and look after our employees as we have promised."
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