It seems that every decade brings a new set of problems facing employees and the work environment in various sectors and industry niches. No matter which market sector you are employed in, some problems of the modern day will have a certain impact on your day to day work. Usually, employers are very much aware of contemporary issues and are able to bring in new processes and methods of preventing each one becoming too big an issue. But that doesn’t always make things easier for their employees.
Here are some 21st problems that employees and employers need to face together.
Juggling Full-Time Staff And Freelancers
Currently, there is a growing trend for freelance and remote workers. In fact, the number of contract workers has been steadily rising for the past five years or so. As more and more employers are realising that there are financial benefits of hiring contract workers, they are choosing to look for them rather than hire full-time employees. This is fine, to a point, but a company can’t survive with contractors alone. So, employers need to balance their roster of employees and contractors, so that neither steps on the other’s toes.
It seems that each year the rights of employees keep on improving. For instance, full-time employees are now allowed to take more paid vacation time than ever before. And this also means that it is now a lot more difficult for employers to terminate a contract for hardly any reason. If employees ever think they have been sacked for no reason, they can always speak to an unfair dismissal lawyer who might be able to make a case against the employer. So, as you can tell, it is now more important than ever that both employees and employers know their rights so that their work isn’t affected by them.
As time goes by, more and more tech is being developed that can make processes in the office a lot more efficient and effective. However, most of this tech reduces the need for so many employees. You will have no doubt heard that many people are now scared that one day robots will take their jobs from them. Is this really a problem, though? The truth is that no one knows how much of an effect robots will have on the workplace until they are utilized. So, we need to wait and see.
One of the main advantages of tech advancements in the workplace is that each member of staff can have their own work smartphone or tablet device. This is great for work purposes, of course, but there is one significant disadvantage for employees who are given them – they are always connected to work and are reachable by their employer. That means they might be contacted out of work hours, which can put a lot of stress on them during what should be their free time.
Will these problems improve over the coming years? We will have to wait and see.