6 admin workplace trends for 2016

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6 admin workplace trends for 2016

The workplace is changing fast, and these six trends may affect the way you work in the coming year.

The workplace is changing fast, and these six trends may affect the way you work in the coming year.

1.  Tech. In a 2014 OfficeTeam survey, 48% of senior managers said new technology had the greatest impact on administrative professionals’ jobs in the past year, says the company’s executive director, Robert Hosking. “And as technology continues to evolve, administrative professionals are often at the front lines of implementing new hardware and software at work and teaching others how to use it.”

2.  Training. Looking for some career development? 2016 might be the time to get it. Hosking says 38% of HR managers surveyed by OfficeTeam said training and developing em­­ploy­­ees is their greatest staffing concern. As more baby boomers re­­tire, employers are looking for ways to fill their positions with people ready to take on new challenges.

3.  Collaboration. With more companies recognizing the importance of collaboration, they’ll be looking for ways to foster it, says Rebecca Brooks, founder of Alter Agents market research. “The cubicle farms of the ’80s are slowly disappearing in favor of more collaborative workspaces and open plans,” Brooks says. With their cross-departmental communication skills, administrative professionals could play a significant role in efforts to boost collaboration.

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