We’re one month into 2019 and with that, the initial flurry of personal and business resolutions starts to reside and we can see the firm resolutions and trends for the upcoming year start to take shape. We thought that it would be useful to look at the upcoming business trends for 2019; what we can expect to see coming to the fore for small businesses such as ourselves, and what we can expect to see in the wider world of medium and large enterprises.

Data Security

This is a topic close to our heart, evidenced by our recent ISO 27001 re-accreditationand one that we have discussed many times on this blog, (you can find two previous posts here and here). From predictions we have read for 2019, data security is showing no signs of going away. With a new report showing that UK businesses are hacked into every 2.5 minutes, the importance of investing in appropriate infrastructure and staff training has never been more vital and one that we will definitely be covering in more detail over the course of the year.

Sustainability in the Workplace

Once heralded as a super substance, 2018 was the year that the environmental destruction wreaked by plastic became mainstream. With supermarkets announcing plans to phase out their use of this substance, and consumers calling for less use of it, 2019 is shaping up to be the year that businesses look at their own impact on the environment. Whether you decide to turn your business paperless through digitisation and implementing new technologies or decide to only use recycled materials within your business, developing sustainability in your workplace will not only help the environment but could help your business become more successful as new research reveals millennials are four times more likely to use a business with green credentials.

Wellbeing

We often showcase articles on our social channels that look at ways to motivate your employees without necessarily impacting on your budget and wellbeing is a topic that is becoming more frequently discussed in business publications. With an increasing media focus on mental health, and businesses feeling the financial impact of staff absences due to stress and low morale, making sure that your employees not only receive appropriate remuneration, but also feel positive and motivated about their work will be a key movement in 2019.

We hope you enjoyed our look at what we feel will be key trends in the workplace throughout 2019. If you feel that we missed any, or have any thoughts on the trends that we did suggest, we’d love to hear your comments!