Four Trends that Will Shape Work in 2023
The pandemic has changed the way we work. However, seeing it as the core reason would be a mistake. It is a catalyst that just accelerated the process.
Location of the work vis a vis home and office became the central topic of discussion. However, other important factors contribute to the change.
People are re-evaluating their relationships with work. Organizations would need to embrace a rational progression. Trying to work against this would only lead to friction and impact growth.
This shift is a natural progression towards a more efficient, logical, and kinder engagement with our work.
Let us take a look at the details below.
Hybrid working model
This is about empowering your team with options. The ability to choose is also the beginning of an inclusive environment.
New working models are about the location and the time. Allowing combinations that work best for the team and the individual. People work better if the time and location requirements are logical. A programmer who can write code and collaborate remotely would find it challenging to attend the office in person.
Do you need the talent to be in the office for her function to work is a question begging a sincere reply.
Asking people to be in office should not be a product of insecurity but of need. An engineer working on an automation robot may be required to visit the factory, which is a fair requirement.
The growing importance of work-life balance
Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends survey identified worker wellbeing as the top-ranked trend by importance.
We are in the middle of a four working day experiment where more than 3,300 workers at 70 British companies have started working a four-day week. The pilot was launched on June 6th and will last six months. Initial findings from such experiments have been positive. There is no reason for organizations not to follow the data. If your employees are proving higher total output with those four days, go for it.
Work-life balance is also about mental health. Progressive organizations are investing in making the workplace pro-mental health. This is a topic that the new workplace is acknowledging.
Emphasis on values
Values help you define your purpose. Through purpose, the workplace finds meaningful engagement.
Organizations must address different layers of engagement to retain and attract new talent. What does the company believe in? What does it want to achieve? Is social good in what we do? These questions have become indicators of a workplace that can address its workforce's social and emotional needs.
Sustainability has been a remarkable indicator of meaningful engagement and productivity.
As research from the Washington University in St. Louis highlights, the Covid pandemic has coincided with a marked surge in our desire to see value alignment between employers and ourselves.
Since Covid hit, more and more people are reevaluating their professional lives and looking for ethical workplaces.
Equality, inclusion, diversity
‘People want to work for employers committed to values and ethics. And today, questions about equality, inclusion, and diversity are aligned with the organization’s disposition. A company that is not proactively addressing these questions is losing quality talent. The efforts required are genuine and at the policy level. Statements and slogans are just not sufficient anymore.
Centralized internal communication
Transparency is a leading communication practice in the workplace today. Decision-making is an inclusive process. Communication within the organization is not fragmented but consolidated and accessible.
You can relieve anxiety and build trust by building central channels of information dissemination around decisions, outcomes, processes, and education.
Communication also helps share an organization's cultural values; the one tool that is effective in doing so is video content.
If you are building a workplace for 2023 share the vision with your team and prospect with videos.
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