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Start 2019 prepared: our consultants share their thoughts on the latest trends to expect this year

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25 January 2019

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With the New Year now in full swing, 2018 almost feels like a distant memory. Looking forward into 2019, what trends can we expect to see this year? We sit down with some of our consultants to get their verdict, so you can prepare for the year ahead.

Jenna Woolven – Consultant

What do you think will be the biggest trend in 2019?

Increased appetite for online learning and self-development to be done virtually.

How do you think this trend will impact the workplace?

I think it will force businesses to innovate, to change and to at times be ahead of the curve in terms of what people want.

What do you think organisations and business leaders can do to prepare for this trend?

Be ready for the change themselves and be prepared to lead others even when they may not be clear themselves. Despite not knowing what the outcome might be, roll modelling the behaviours and mindset needed to succeed is really important for business leaders.

Clementine Lewis – Junior Consultant

What do you think will be the biggest trend in 2019?

Move over Millennials… Generation Z are coming

How do you think this trend will impact the workplace?

2019 marks the year that generation Z’s will graduate from University and start really breaking into the workforce. For the first time ever, there will be 5 generations working hand in hand.

What do you think organisations and business leaders can do to prepare for this trend?

Generation Z’ers have a strong desire to learn, with multiple pathways of achieving this readily available at their fingertips. The main message I will give to organisations and leaders in 2019 is to make use of all the generations, allow them to work collaboratively and use each other’s strengths to better their organisation, new perspectives equal innovation.

Rob Rough – Senior Communications Consultant

What do you think will be the biggest trend in 2019?

Shifting career and life paths.

How do you think this trend will impact the workplace?

Greater diversity of needs, skills and styles. Gen Z are predicted to make up to 36% of the workforce by 2020, alongside an increasing amount of people who are prolonging their career and pushing retirement age back.

What do you think organisations and business leaders can do to prepare for this trend?

Put in place talent and engagement strategies that address this range of needs, offering collaborative learning opportunities that contribute to organisational performance in a meaningful way.

Matt Furness – Consultant

What do you think will be the biggest trend in 2019?

An increased focus on leading through political instability.

How do you think this trend will impact the workplace?

Even greater uncertainty regarding the short-term future and strategy of businesses.

What do you think organisations and business leaders can do to prepare for this trend?

Proactively equipping leaders and managers with the skills needed to lead through ambiguity.

Matthew Preston-Jones – Junior Consultant

What do you think will be the biggest trend in 2019?

Rising political instability and the uncertainty this brings.

How do you think this trend will impact the workplace?

I think there will be a need for people to be comfortable working through ambiguity and a greater need to be adaptable and flexible during times of change.

What do you think organisations and business leaders can do to prepare for this trend?

Communication will be key to ensure the engagement of workers and provide the reassurance that will be needed during the uncertainty.

Dominic Mahony – Product and Delivery Director

What do you think will be the biggest trend in 2019?

Adapting to 5 generations in the workplace

How do you think this trend will impact the workplace?

Leaders will need to flex their style – more inclusive and sensitive to being perceived as out of touch.

Potential for blending ‘youth and experience’ in exciting ways

What do you think organisations and business leaders can do to prepare for this trend?

  • Talk to their children

  • Check out what is trending

  • Be clear about boundaries, values and principles that connect everyone of all generations

 

Do you agree with our consultants? What trends do you think will hit organisations in 2019? I guess only time will tell. Until then, all we can do is anticipate all the possibilities and be ready to adapt when the time is necessary.

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