Five Workplace Issues We’ll Be Talking About In 2018

According to FastCompany, there are five main issues that will be significant for the workplace in 2018:

  • Unequal Pay
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Generation Inclusion
  • Flexible, Remote and Freelance Work
  • Robots and AI

Unequal Pay
According to a report from the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, closing the wage gap could add trillions to the economy, but at the current rate of change, it is estimated that it will take 42 years.

“Organizations that work to close gaps now will pay less than those that wait to take action,” says Monique McCloud-Manley, the total rewards practice leader CEB, a best practice insights and technology company. “The average cost to correct gaps increases by $439,000 each year.”

Workplace Harassment
The EEOC reports that about 70% of those who experience sexual harassment at work don’t tell a superior about it.

“Employees expect their leaders to restate their values and workplace policies,” says Geri Johnson, the senior vice president of innovation at SSPR, a technology communications agency. “Mentorship will not solve for the overarching harassment issues we see coming to a head in 2018, but it will show you who is interested in change, becoming a well-rounded leader and someone who values diversity.”

Generation Inclusion
This year marked the first for generation Z’s college graduates to enter the workforce full-time.

“Older millennials are entering the C-Suite, and they will be asking boomers to help them as advisers, coaches, or mentors,” says Elaine Varelas, MP at Keystone Partners, a career management support company.

“They will look for advisers who have broad experience in a range of economic cycles to map strategies to each organizational goal, as long as the advisers work transparently, are open to change, consider the best way versus the traditional way, and move quickly.”

Flexible, Remote and Freelance Work
According to a study from Staples
, only 32% of employees spent all their time working in or at their office, and 43% of employees say remote work is a must-have.

The number of U.S. freelancers now stands at 57.3 million, representing an 8.1% increase over the last three years. As many as 36% are earning over $75,000 per year.

Robots and AI
A report from McKinsey notes that 60% of jobs, at least one-third of the work can be automated.

Chris Bolte, cofounder and CEO of Paysa, an employee empowerment firm, says that a recent company survey revealed that there will more demand for workers skilled in artificial intelligence. “Just over the past six months alone, we’ve seen AI investment increase dramatically at $1.35 billion,” says Bolte.