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Over the next 12 months, Perkbox predicts three big HR trends that will be reinforced in most workplaces:
1. Against presenteeism: Presenteeism is defined as the culture of coming to work in spite of one’s illness. This has cost the UK economy an average of about HK$ 767 billion every year, along with absenteeism. The obvious downside of encouraging presenteeism is a decline in workers’ productivity and the spread of illness.
Last year’s attempts of anti-presenteeism included policies such as flexible working and unlimited holiday, which aimed to boost work life balance. In 2019, the UK will take mental health initiatives such as employee assistance programs (EAPS), mental health first aiders, counselling and online general practitioners (GP) for staff, in order to encourage employees to seek help when needed.
2. An eco-workplace: Green thinking will play a prominent role in company culture. A “Bring your own reusable bottle” (BYOB) policy, green electricity, paperless offices will go mainstream.
3. A culture of psychological safety: Imposter syndrome, a psychological pattern in which an individual questions his accomplishments and is in a perpetual fear of being exposed as a fraud, has affected over half of the employees in the UK last year.
A culture of acceptance of mistakes should be embraced in the coming year.
Also, a movement similar to #MeToo might kick off in 2019.
“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 like we have promised. Only them will we be entitled to ask them to look after our business as if it were theres in return,” Chieu Cao, chief marketing officer and co-founder at Perkbox, commented.
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