A new year often brings about a new swathe of working trends and 2016 is certainly no different.
From office designs and telecommuting to bring your own device (BYOD), the previous year was one that saw workers and companies alike really embrace a willingness to go beyond the conventional.
Perhaps the most notable trend to emerge during that time has been the increasing demand placed on workers, many of whom now have to be accessible to their colleagues no matter where they are.
That growing need for more sophisticated communication has helped to drive organisations to implement relevant policies and unified communication (UC) tools.
As a result, there will be a number of new trends to emerge over the next 12 months.
At the forefront of this change in the working landscape will be the arrival of much broader and telecommuting policies, which will help to further accommodate flexible workers, even in set ups that continue to favour in-person communication.
That progression is likely to see a change in the dynamics of team communication, with real-time platforms, such as VoIP and video conferencing continuing to edge out more traditional forms of communication like email and voicemail.
Real-time communication will be key in responding to the demand for greater collaboration from workers, which will also see many job seekers hold a preference for companies that can offer top tech tools.
That means companies capable of implementing sophisticated flexible working policies will not only enjoy the possibility of lower costs, but could also gain an edge in the job market, making it easier to snap up the very best talent.
Indeed the demands and preferences of employees are set to take a greater role in how UC platforms are used, with a larger number of companies beginning to recognise that UC tools are not universally suited to every worker.