At a Glance
Do you remember how we used to work in 2019? Has the memory been a little blurry? Yes, understandable. Because we have been accustomed to a whole different work culture during the pandemic, the trends have continuously changed over the last three years. As the new variants of COVID have emerged in 2022, they have caused the landscape of work to disrupt. It is undergoing many crucial changes that we should keep an eye on.
Here are some factors that will define the landscape of work from 2022 onwards.
Remote work is not the future; it’s the present. Hybrid models are the future.
COVID and the pandemic have forced us to stay at home and we have been habituated to working on our couch and talking to our near and dear ones in between the meetings. Most of the employees are not ready to bid goodbye to this habit. Rather they are more prone to asking tough questions like “How does it matter whether I do it at the office or home, as long as I do it?”
And of course, the authorities don’t have a justifiable answer to that because previously. The centralized workplaces were built with keeping in mind the company’s convenience. People had no idea that most of the work could be done sitting at home. Due to the pandemic, people have realized that a much more flexible and fluid work model can exist.
So, in the mid of 2021, people had started wanting the remote work culture to stay. But then, that also got boring, because we are social animals, and we need that peer-to-peer interaction, conversations, and gossip to sustain ourselves. So, by the end of 2021, employees had started to appreciate the in-office work and are now vouching for the hybrid work model.
This landscape of work with hybrid model means the “best of both worlds” approach. Employees will work from home and sometimes in the office, so they don’t miss out on anything.
AI is not a competition. Collaboration with AI is changing everything.
It’s about time employees started to realize that fighting with AI or debating who is superior can’t take them anywhere. Instead, they can leverage the power AI possesses and augment their productivity with the help of that. AI has unimaginable creativity and strategy to make every work faster and more efficient.
People are now getting over the fear of getting replaced by AI because they are controlled by AI agents who are humans. They are trying to adopt new tools and software in their day-to-day work. It helps them in various dainty jobs like data collection, data crunching, customer service, and other repetitive work. It provides them more free time to focus on more human assistance like leadership, creative thinking, etc.
But implementing AI processes won’t be smooth because the current situations of companies won’t be suitable for that. Instead, they must restructure their business models to get the most out of AI. They need improvements in speed, scalability, flexibility, decision making, etc. This landscape of work will need AI technology and the training of individuals who can effectively work with machines.
- Upskilling is the need of the hour.
With the implementation of AI, people working in many sectors will feel that their role in their job is going through a change. The companies start to use automation to finish repetitive works. The employees will allow to focus more on the work that needs a brain, creativity, and a high strategic approach. Due to the repetitive jobs eating the most amount of time, the employees are yet to realize that they need to upskill to cope with the increasing pressure on their heads.
One hundred million new jobs will be created in the upcoming four years. Most people aren’t ready to capitalize on that opportunity. Companies should take the lead and arrange reskilling and upskilling to make the most out of it, thinking beyond the human-AI debate.
Workers should also be attentive to what’s happening in the market and upskill accordingly. For example, marketers and writers should learn to use new tools and software and figure out how they can work in sync with these technological aids to boost their productivity.
- Optimization of employee experience needs to fight talent shortage.
Well, a new term has arrived in the corporate dictionary. It’s ‘The Great Resignation’. It means that employees tend to leave their job if their values don’t match the company or worse if they do not realize their worth. People are more aware in this era, and they are not ready to work with an organization with which they can have a potential conflict. Also, gone are the days when the employees were ready to accept whatever their manager said, no matter how troublesome it was. Learning, upskilling, and technology have made them confident enough to leave a job if it doesn’t work out if they are not treated properly. Even if they don’t have another job lined up.
Previously the workers used to fight for a job. But now, the companies are also on a talent hunt because they need great talent to support their idea, work for it, and sustain their business.
How are they doing that?
- They are providing incentives to the candidates who were previously there but were not that prevalent.
- Rather than firing, they are taking the route of upskilling their internal people.
- They make sure that the candidate feels right during the interview process itself. They are putting their best foot forward to prove that their company is a suitable place to work and grow.
- The most important addition to achieving excellent employee experience is the lesser work week. It has seen that incentivizing candidates or giving them a hike is not enough. So, many people want to work from their homes and enjoy a flexible lifestyle. So, many companies are focusing on cutting the hours of work.
These are some steps the companies are taking to optimize the employee experience acquire as many great talents as possible.
Employee wellbeing is becoming the primary focus of the companies.
Many companies are facing the employee sickness problem. It’s creating a dent in their pockets because they have to pay for the medical expenses. If employees are not well, the productivity of the company also goes for a toss. Moreover, in the Post-Pandemic Era, more people suffer from mental health issues. So, companies are trying to meet the employee expectations of flexible work hours, optimum healthcare, and most importantly, helping them survive burnout.
The social life outside the office has almost been zero during the pandemic. Some companies are hosting meetings other than work chitchat events to compensate for the small talk breaks with coffee the employees used to get in the in-office era.
Companies are going the extra mile to check up on the employees’ health. And above all, they are conducting surveys to check what the employees want from the job in their goals with the company’s vision.
These are some of the work trends on the rise since the Post-Pandemic Era started. The corporate industry is in flux, where new things like landscape of work happen every day. Companies are being more humane in all aspects to optimize necessary things that support their employees and hold good in the path of achieving their vision as well.
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