"The Great Re-Evaluation" has caused workers around the globe to quit their jobs in search of better flexibility besides a greener pasture. Companies are also adapting to flexible working arrangements and more sustainable operations. Furthermore, the covid pandemic's systemic impact and rapidly modernizing inventions have affected labor markets, policy, and regulation.
Despite the uncertainty and challenges, the entire world has adjusted to the future of work, making the overall outlook optimistic. 2022 is a year of consolidation as many workplace trends come to the forefront: economic recovery, the green transition, flexible work, sustainable and inclusive business models, digital transformations, and more.
Check out the trends that will shape the workplace in the coming years.
Scarcity of talent.
Talent scarcity has become an issue, especially in the first few months of 2022. The reasons are complicated and diverse. Some are long-standing, like shifting to the green transition, automation and digitization, the push towards higher education, and the mismatch between education and workplace requirements all contribute, among other factors.
The pandemic has worsened the issue: countries tightened or closed borders, hampered talent mobility, and many countries saw more workers retiring early and leaving the workforce. The virus impacted talent scarcity, which affected people's health, ability, or willingness to return to work. This is one reason the hybrid workforce will stay in 2022 and beyond.
The transition to green.
The green transition and economies around the globe will be affected by the outlook and willingness of the populace to shift to a greener future. The conversation revolves around green skills, continuing in 2022 when the social and environmental combinations are implemented. Taking the human-centric road to climate change mitigation and adaptation and priority investments in people will ensure that the oncoming green transition will be just and inclusive.
The first step is for employers to put together a well-planned strategy, which starts with evaluating the skills your organization will require in the coming years. For example, car manufacturers in the automotive industry can upskill and reskill workers from mechanic specialists to software engineers to prepare the business for the electric revolution.
Digital hybrid work arrangements.
The two key parts of an effective digital transformation include transforming industries and companies and its effect on skills. The second is the impact of digitization on the company culture. All industries will become smart industries, and digital transformations affect all companies equally.
Implementing change will require the right tools, technology, and infrastructures to facilitate transformation and the right people and skills to manage and utilize them.
Workplace equity and social protection.
Post-pandemic, the inclusion, equity, and equality cases have become a key focus for different industries. Each worker has unique circumstances, so leaders need to allocate opportunities and specific resources to reach an equal outcome.
Organizations should speak about equity rather than focus on equality. Doing so recognizes that each person has different circumstances and that we need to allocate the resources and opportunities for each to reach an equal outcome. Inequality also means differences between countries and regions worldwide. Inequality is regrettably rampant, but accepting that it exists and needs to be fixed is the first step toward healing, and everyone's better future.
There you have it. The future of work is now happening, with more in store in the coming years. You can learn more about what's happening in the workplace by checking out organizational resources, studies, forums, and the like.