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Five Workplace Trends to Expect from 2014

Posted by Erin Borgerson on February 1, 2014

Big data, gamification, telework - according to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), that's what we should expect from 2014. After polling nearly 8,000 I/O psychologists, the SIOP released a report detailing the top 10 workplace trends of 2014. So what are they? To view all ten, read Chad Brooks' article on BusinessNewsDaily titled Top 10 Workplace Trends for 2014If you prefer a summary of the top 5, then keep on reading this post.


It may not be term you're familiar with right now, but if the predictions are right, chances are you're going to see it in action real soon. According to Brooks, gamification is the "application of game playing elements to non-game environments like the workplace."

That's great, but why is it a trend?

More and more companies are making efforts to engage their employees, and gamification does just that. Employees enjoy it because it feels like a game, a friendly competition. Managers like it because not only are their employees getting their goals met, they're doing it quicker because they're enjoying it. It may sound a little ridiculous that employers are turning to games to get their employees to do different things, but it works. Just ask Hireology's sales team. They've been using LevelEleven to make the tedious process of updating information in Salesforce more effective (and fun). 

Social Media

workplaceBrooks explains that we will see an increase in the number of organizations using sites like Facebook and Linkedin "to screen employees and make other employment-related decisions." But before you go taking to Twitter to see what your job candidates have been tweeting, keep in mind that "the legal ramifications for using social networking sites in this way are still largely unknown."


It was about a year ago when Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced employees would no longer have the option to work from home. It would appear that didn't catch on at other companies though. According to the poll results, more and more companies will likely offer their employees the option to work remotely. Brooks said it best when he wrote, "Increasingly, work is becoming a thing you do, rather than a place you go." 

Big Data

People love to use the term 'big data.' And from the looks of it, big data isn't going anywhere. However, 2014 is expected to be the year where emphasis is placed on finding "practical, meaningful results" rather than mining data sets for interesting, yet impractical information. 


Every company struggles with hiring. However, according to the SIOP, 2014 is going to be the year when companies focus their efforts on hiring quality candidates and retaining them. The challenge: "Once the needed talent is found, how do you attract these people to your organization and keep them there? Can talent be developed and, if so, how? What developmental experiences are needed to grow such talent?" 

The good news is that Hireology helps you tackle the hiring side of the equation. Through interview guides and scorecards, skills and personality assessments, and reference and background checks, we're here to help ensure your new hire is the best hire. So try us out. 

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Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.