More than two years into a global pandemic, we are now at a point where we’ve adjusted to the “new normal.” And we’re surprised by how we adapted to the dramatic social, cultural, and economic disruption. We’re now more agile and flexible. And with a more resilient mindset, we look forward to the future. Here are our predictions for the future of workplaces:
- More hybrid workplaces (workforce model that mixes in-office and remote work). Recognized as effective and more productive, hybrid work is expected to continue to exist indefinitely.
- Increased focus on employee mental health and well-being. There will be more emphasis on mental health and well-being, which keeps employees healthy, stable, and productive.
- More pressure on CEOs to demonstrate thought leadership through blogs and video content. The most successful companies have CEOs that have managed to humanize themselves, making them relatable to the public.
- Improve social responsibility and reputation. Consumers are more likely to support and buy from brands that share their values and promote a positive image.
- Recruitment, hiring, and promotion based on personal brand and reputation. Social media continues to play a crucial role in shaping one’s personal brand. Increasingly, recruiters will examine social media profiles and digital footprints to identify whether candidates are a good cultural fit.
- Rise in social recruitment campaigns. Social recruiting has proven to improve the quality of hires and increase job visibility. It also leads to more referrals and better employer awareness.
- Escape from the traditional 9-to-5 workweek. Hybrid workplaces and flexible work schedules have shown employers that productivity is not determined by the number of fixed hours that an employee works.
- Changes in office design. Open-plan offices, pop-up privacy hubs, social hubs, fewer personal workstations, and flexible furnishing are just a few trends rising in office design. Hybrid workforces also mean a reduced need for big office spaces.
- Team training vs. individual training. Team training results in improved retention and camaraderie. When groups learn together, there are more learning opportunities as teams give their opinions and feedback. Training teams also reduce time investment and other related training costs.
- Work-life flexibility will be the new goal. Work-life balance has remained elusive for most people for a reason. And many believe that achieving a balance between professional life and personal life is impossible. On the other hand, work-life flexibility is more realistic. It leads to more satisfaction since it aims to create a mindset that meets the demands of high levels of work performance while maintaining fulfillment in our personal lives.
- Improved connections and communications. Employees at all levels will use digital mobile devices to connect and communicate, pushing leadership to provide their teams with connectivity allowances that ensure they stay connected to the Internet consistently throughout the workday.
- Skilled worker shortage. The shortage of skilled and experienced workers will lead companies to expand their geographical hiring and result in more outsourcing of talent.
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