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3 Top Workplace Trends To Watch For In 2019

Another year is winding down and a new one lies just around the corner. What changes will 2019 bring to your workplace? Experts predict that new technologies, artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be big drivers of change in the new year. The growth of the gig economy and increasing reliance on freelancers will have a significant impact on staffing, while physical workplaces will become more flexible than ever, thanks to a range of co-working, shared space and work from home options.

We break down the 3 top workplace trends to watch for in 2019:

1. Flexible work space

Where we work is changing as rapidly as how we work. The number of employees working remotely will continue to grow in 2019. With cloud-based access to files anytime, digitized workflow products, video conferencing and a host of programs and apps designed to facilitate work on the go, the office can be wherever you are. For those who still require a physical office, more flexible options are available as well, allowing the space to adapt to your changing needs.

Shared workspace providers such as WeWork are increasingly in demand by businesses who want the convenience of a bricks and mortar location, without the hassle of managing one. Options typically include a variety of shared and private work spaces and offices, shared common spaces such as reception areas, conference rooms and kitchen facilities, as well as amenities including office supplies, printers, photocopiers and other equipment, mail handling, and cleaning services. Hiring a team of freelancers for a short-term project? Add additional hot desks and offices for a few weeks or a few months and scale back on worksplace when the project is complete.

2. Paperless workflow

With each passing year the promise of the paperless office gets closer to being realized. Cloud-based file storage and VPN networks offer secure digital storage and remote access to any employee, any time, anywhere, without the clutter of paper files. The workflow process is improving too, thanks to the increased availability and affordability of business solutions which transform your existing forms and documents into electronic files which can be completed, signed and submitted without ever printing a sheet of paper.

Products such as Ambir’s nSign Connect are changing the way clinics, medical practices and other small businesses register clients, authorize work orders and onboard new employees, all with the simple touch of a button. Your existing forms are easily transformed into digital documents, and your traditional tablet becomes an e-signature pad, allowing documents to be filled out and signed electronically. Send forms via email or share them to your existing network quickly, safely and securely with no pages to print, no papers to file.

3. Freelance freedom

Adaptability will be one of the biggest business buzzwords of 2019. Outsourcing is on the rise as more companies strive to adapt to changing marketplaces in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible. In fact Nasdaq projects that 43% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers by the year 2020. Will your business benefit from outsourcing?

Hiring on a per-project basis not only allows you to respond to changing client needs, it affords your business the luxury of choosing top specialists in that specific project area. Thanks to remote work options, you have access to a global talent pool of freelancers whose businesses depend on providing top-notch service and delivering customer satisfaction. Aside from the cost benefits of hiring short-term freelancers rather than increasing your full-time staff, there are other bottom-line benefits as well. Though you can expect to pay freelancers at a higher hourly rate than regularly employees, your business doesn’t bear the additional costs of Medicare, Social Security, retirement plans and healthcare.