The 15 hottest office trends of 2019
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- Digital business publication FitSmallBusiness released a report on 15 millennial workplace trends.
- Some hot trends include sustainability programs, gender-inclusive bathrooms, and corporate retreats.
- Company "Summer Fridays," or closing offices early at the end of the week so employees can enjoy longer weekends, saw a 9% increase between 2018 to 2019.
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Millennials have redefined what work looks like - and what workplaces should offer their employees.
FitSmallBusiness, a digital business publication, evaluated third-party data sources, including media reporting, the research firm Gartner, and the Society for Human Resource Management, to analyze which trends had grown the most among Fortune 500 companies. The company released a list of the 15 hottest trends exclusively for Business Insider.
Some hot trends include sustainability programs, gender-inclusive bathrooms, and corporate retreats.
"What once seemed to serve the average employee - including a nine-to-five schedule, open floor plans, and unlimited PTO - has been replaced by a new set of trends that lean heavily on developing technology and a generational focus on wellness," the report states.
Here are the top 15 workplace trends millennials love in 2019:
Gender-neutral bathrooms have spread to office spaces nationwide, thanks to transgender equality activism.
Emotional-support animals in the workplace have become more commonplace to improve employee mental health.
Artificial intelligence use in American companies grew 270% in the last 4 years. Now, 40% of companies report using AI, according to research firm Gartner.
Companies are starting to use wearable technology to increase worker safety, like to monitor dangerous levels of radio frequency between staff and machines.
There are almost twice the number of companies that offer onsite electric vehicle charging stations in 2019 than there were in 2015.
Company retreats are becoming more commonplace.
Mandatory time-off policies allow companies to force workers to take a break.
Flexible work options have become the norm.
Recently, companies like Starbucks, Lowe's, UPS, and Nike have begun offering health insurance plans for part-time workers.
Between 2015 and 2019, the number of companies offering free snacks rose from 22% to 31%, according to SHRM data.
Fidelity Investments saw a 50% increase in health-saving accounts assets from 2017 to 2018, indicating more workplaces supplementing their 401(k) plans with HSAs.
More companies are now willing to pay a "cost of living differential," or higher-than-average salaries to people working in expensive cities.
Company "Summer Fridays," or closing offices early at the end of the week so employees can enjoy longer weekends, saw a 9% increase between 2018 to 2019.
Student-loan-repayment programs have become more popular as the nationwide student debt tops $1.5 trillion.
Environmental sustainability initiatives have become commonplace as more companies ban plastic straws, promote using reusable water bottles, commit to zero emissions and investing in renewable energy, and more.
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