The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are continuing to affect the workforce. As more employees change jobs and want to work remotely, they also need to upskill to fill additional employer needs. These are reasons why your company needs to evolve in line with your employees’ and candidates’ changing needs. The more you offer what they want, the more likely you are to find and retain talent.
Here are some of the top workforce trends to watch for 2022 and tips to successfully navigate them.
The Great Resignation Continues
As employees’ values continue to change, many are rethinking how and why they work and what they want out of it. As a result, many employees are changing jobs to accommodate their needs and interests. Among the top priorities are stronger work-life integration, more meaningful work, higher pay, better benefits, and additional support for physical and mental well-being. Offering these incentives can help your company attract and retain talent.
Remote Work Is Here to Stay
More companies will embrace a remote or hybrid workforce. These flexible work arrangements require the appropriate technologies to reach the organization’s objectives. Examples include communication, collaboration, feedback, metrics for success, and workforce management. Tools to set up automation, customization of processes and adjustments to market changes are important as well. Offering remote work can increase your talent pools and keep your staff longer.
The Multi-Generational Workplace Is Growing
Four generations of employees are in the workforce. Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z all have different perspectives, expectations, and communication styles that leaders need to work with. Make sure you managers listen to their employees and ask questions to understand how their needs can most effectively be filled. This leads to increased engagement, collaboration, and productivity.
Upskilling Is More Important Than Ever
The global talent shortage, the digital transformation of the workplace, and the increasing cost of education are contributing to the growing skills gap. As a result, pandemic-related job losses and increased time spent at home encouraged many workers to add to their skill set to remain relevant in the workforce. For instance, managers are learning to lead virtual teams. HR teams are figuring out how to onboard a remote workforce. The C-suite is working to maintain cohesion among a remote workforce. The tech industry is working to keep pace with the workforce’s increasing digital demands. As a result, your company needs to provide opportunities to upskill in order to hire and keep the best talent.
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