Nancy Yip, area director for IWG Hong Kong, offered insight into key talent trends that HR executives should value in the new year.
First, the digitally fluent Generation Z are entering the workforce and are bringing those tools along with them. This means HR needs to adapt to the expectations of this generation, like incorporating visual methods to train.
Additionally, Gen Z have different values than their predecessors that they expect their workplace to share, namely diversity. According to BGC Group, safe spaces, lifestyle benefits and personal space are top job considerations for Gen Z.
HR leaders must also acknowledge and tackle workplace mental health in order to combat depression, anxiety and other issues that are associated with burnout. Offering meditation programs or courses on cognitive behavioral training can help employees learn and execute relaxation techniques.
Lastly, companies that do not offer flexible work options risk losing out on top talent in today’s workforce. In fact, according to the 2019 IWG Global Workspace Survey, 82% of APAC workers said they would turn down a job that did not offer flexible working.
Luckily, implementing flexibility has become easy thanks to technological advancements that make working from any place at anytime simple. What’s more, flexibility has been proven to increase employee satisfaction, retention, loyalty and wellbeing.