Industrial-organizational psychologists study workplace issues of relevance to business, including talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance and work-life balance. The Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP), a membership organization for those practicing and teaching industrial-organizational psychology, conducts an annual survey of its members to determine what organizations should expect in the coming year. Some highlights of this year's workplace trends survey include:
Performance reviews: The days of employee performance reviews being held once or twice a year are quickly falling by the wayside. Many organizations are moving to a structure focused on ongoing conversations between managers and employees. SIOP members expect this trend to continue and believe that more organizations will move away from performance review schedules to methods focused on continuous improvement that better foster the development of employees.
Employee engagement: With more research showing the benefits of engaged employees, including doing more than is expected, helping co-workers and driving innovations within their company, SIOP members predict businesses will have a renewed interest in developing new and improved ways to increase their employee engagement levels.
Health and wellness: With studies showing healthy and happy employees are more productive, organizations will focus more in 2016 on how they can provide the right perks and incentives to encourage healthy behaviors, according to SIOP members surveyed.
Business agility and flexibility: More organizations are realizing the importance of being agile and having business processes that are flexible in order to quickly respond to changing market and customer demands. SIOP members think organizations will increase their attention to taking risks and learning from their mistakes in order for innovation to become a natural part of their organization.
Work-life balance: Technology is rapidly blurring the lines between personal and professional lives. SIOP members predict organizations will increase their efforts to implement a variety of methods to boost work-life balance that meet the diverse needs of their workforce.
Diverse workforces: As more businesses recognize the importance of a diverse workforce, they will focus on hiring and rewarding employees who value and appreciate diversity and who collaborate effectively within diverse teams.
Click here to read about the full survey results as reported by Chad Brooks of Business News Daily.