Build a better workplace in 2023

The way we work (and live) is constantly evolving, and with 2023 just around the corner, there’s no better time to gauge what we could be doing better. 

In a recent global workforce survey by PWC, researchers considered over 52,000 workers across 44 countries. They discovered that approximately 20% of workers plan on quitting their current jobs in the next year, with a whopping 71% experiencing the desire to leave.

These hard stats (and other studies like it) prove that there’s no better time to start considering how to build a better workplace; not only to lure in new talent but to retain valuable individuals currently in your team. 

With 2023 just around the corner, here are three workplace trends we’ve identified at Venture Workspace worth paying attention to:

More flexibility

If you haven’t already, it’s time to rethink the traditional workday. One of the greatest lessons we’ve learnt through the pandemic and the subsequent ‘Great Resignation’ is that the standard workday structure may not be the right option for every business or individual.

“The eight-hour day concept is something organisations should carefully consider before blindly implementing it in 2023, particularly smaller to medium entities,” says Louis Fourie, Founder of Venture Workspace.

“Are your employees on a physically demanding assembly line, or are they focused on producing more abstract outcomes that require mental dexterity? Pushing through eight hours a day may not be the best option, especially since our brains and bodies need enough rest to operate at optimum efficiency.”

Overall, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all when it comes to productivity. So, instead of enforcing a standard eight-hour day simply because you think you have to, try focusing on what’s best for your team.

Creating a company culture

Firstly, what is company culture? In short, it refers to the overall atmosphere and experience within the workplace. For example, a business can have a more formal, structured culture or one that is more informal and relaxed.  

“Neither of these are necessarily right or wrong. What’s most important is that your office culture fully aligns with your company’s overarching mission, vision and value systems,” Louis adds. 

“What we’ve discovered at Venture Workspace, is that creating a positive company culture starts with establishing clear and healthy parameters so that each individual in your team knows what is expected of them and what they are working towards.”

Contrary to common belief, the best way to build a better workplace is not just about throwing parties and letting people leave early on Friday but creating a dedicated space that offers the necessary tools and resources to boost employee happiness, morale, and motivation. 

“Think about what you can do in your business right now to encourage your teams to perform to the best of their abilities. It’s imperative that business owners and managers initiate these conversations now rather than leaving things as they are and hoping for the best. Ultimately, potential employees will be most attracted to community-centred brands with clear goals and a well-rounded culture.”

Develop your talent

Earlier this year, the Top Employers Institute released the 2022 edition of its World of Work Trends Report. Analysing data from 1,857 leading organisations globally, the study highlights the rise of the ‘involved employee’ – talented individuals wanting to become more involved in a company’s decision-making strategies. 

“In a highly competitive market for talent, the best employers will be those who proactively encourage their star employees to move beyond the narrow confines of their job description,” Louis explains. 

“Upskilling, reskilling and involving your team in the process of organisational change cannot be overstated. Not only is it empowering for individuals to feel trusted and valued, but it also solidifies their loyalty to your brand.”

The most successful organisations in 2023 will be those that create a space where their employees matter enough to be more involved in decisions directly impacting them – be it new technology, the hiring process, or even their physical workspace.  

Ready to build a better workplace for your team to thrive in 2023? Our coworking spaces offer greater flexibility, with all the right resources to help you nurture a healthy company culture and develop your top talent. Contact our team here to find out about what we offer.

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