2023 workplace trends shape the direction of organizational planning

Workplace trends will have a big impact on the plans that business continuity and risk managers develop for 2023. Here are the top workplace collaboration trends in 2023 that Poly says will shape the future of the working in the UK…

Hybrid working will be normalized and more people than ever will work a four-day week

In 2023, “hybrid work” will simply become “work”. It will no longer be a trend, but a normal everyday working life. As a result of this change and softening of attitudes towards work, we may see an increase in the number of people wanting to work a four-day week.

In 2022, more than 3,300 workers from 70 UK companies started working a four-day week with no loss of pay in the world’s biggest trial of the new working model. This number will increase in 2023 as more employees and employers see the benefits of this option.

To prepare for this change, UK businesses need to adopt effective hybrid working strategies supported by the right processes. This forces organizations to focus on their company culture and ensure that employees are empowered to be productive, but not close to burnout. Employers should also strive to provide their staff with the right tools, allowing them to work to the best of their abilities, regardless of location.

The 9-5 will die as work becomes more distributed and fragmented

Over the past few years, organizations have become accustomed to managing employees working from home. However, in 2023 they will have to adapt to managing people working in remote locations. Indeed, more and more employees work from places such as the pub or cafes. We will also see an increasing number of employees taking “workcations” abroad to maximize their annual leave. Additionally, we will see an increase in the number of digital nomad employees – those who work full-time remotely from various locations. To take advantage of this trend, countries like Portugal and Spain are offering special digital nomad visas to allow remote workers to work legally in the country.

Clearly, the traditional 9-5 will start to be a thing of the past in 2023. Organizations need to ensure they are ready to provide flexibility to employees, especially if they want to retain and attract top talent, many of whom will want work abroad. Ultimately, 2023 will be about creating a more flexible and attractive workplace for employees who want to break free from the 9-5 culture.

Empty trends like silent abandon will fuel the disparity between employees and employers

We’ve heard a lot about quitting smoking quietly in 2022, but we’ll hear a lot less about it in 2023 once employers realize that just doing your job isn’t really a bad thing. Silent quitting defined employees who worked their hours and did not go beyond their job description. He suggested that employees should work longer hours and perform more tasks than they are paid to do.

But in an age of hybrid work, the notion of only working your hours shouldn’t be controversial. According to research, organizations have seen their productivity increase by 72% thanks to hybrid working. Employees have become more productive in the hybrid era, and so in 2023 employers will see that staff are not quietly resigning, but simply getting on with their jobs and being more productive than ever.

This type of trend highlights the different attitudes toward work between employer and employee, a disparity that could impact retention and growth. Expectations differ, especially on issues such as how often employees come into the office. Research shows that 54% of employees want to split their time equally between work and home. This contrasts with 52% of employers who think hybrid working is just a failure. To make hybrid work a success, employers must meet the needs of employees and provide the level of flexibility they expect.

Get ready for “Wagamama workspaces”

In 2023, we’ll see employers start to take inspiration from some unexpected places as they redesign the office to meet the future of work. One of these inspirations will come from restaurants, both in the form of booking workspaces and the way they organize their spaces. One workplace trend that we will see much more of in 2023 is hospitality. This is where employees use a corporate reservation system to book desks at their own workplace, for one day at a time.

This shift will also see organizations take inspiration from restaurant chains – like Wagamama – when revamping their office spaces. We’ll likely see the introduction of bench-style shared desks to ensure everyone has a place to work while visiting the office.

Aubrey L. Morgan