Workplace Trends You'll See In 2016

It's that time of year when predictions start coming in for what the New Year holds. When it comes to the workplace, Dan Schawbel from Workplace Trends has provided his workplace predictions for the Forbes website for the past three years; so, what does he think will be key issues in 2016?

1. Wider acceptance of boomerang employees

Boomerang employees are those who leave a company due to either personal matters or opportunity, only to return at a later date. A recent Workplace Trends study found that while 48% of firms used to have policies against the re-hiring of such staff, now more than three-quarters (76%) say they are more willing to do so. This trend is emerging due to lowering levels of employee loyalty, with professionals switching jobs more often than before.

2. Millennial managers

As more members of the Baby Boomer generation retire - more than 3.6 million are set to do so next year - millennials will enter senior positions in greater volumes, beginning to fill the existing leadership gap. In fact, in 2016 more than a quarter of millennial professionals are set to become managers; according to Workplace Trends' Millenial Leadership Survey, they will be 'transformational' rather than autocratic leaders, doing away with traditional hierarchies and driving companies to do something good for society, as well as make money.

3. Workplace flexibility becomes THE hot topic

Telecommuting, globalization, technology tools and co-working spaces are all on the rise, meaning that workplace flexibility will affect us all in some way next year. Heralding the beginning of the end for the 40 hour-week, some 64% of managers will expect their employees to be contactable in their personal time; this is likely to cause even more workers to feel burned out and unable to disconnect.

4. Wearable tech will cause real disruptions

Many companies still fail to take wearable technology seriously, but it's going to be a major disruptive force in the year ahead. The rising trend of wearables will be driven by Generation Z, who will really begin entering the workforce next year - according to one GlobalWebIndex study, 71% of 16-24 year olds want to adopt wearable tech.

Stay tuned for our next round of 2016 workplace trend predictions, based on Schawbel's suggestions.