The world is moving at a fast pace and recent trends indicate significant changes in the workplace in the future. The way that employees work will undergo a dynamic shift and will change the fundamentals of permanent staffing around the world.
We have listed the six things that can possibly change the way we approach permanent staffing in the coming years.
After the pandemic, we have seen several big and small organisations have permitted employees to work from home or take up a hybrid model of working. Although it may sound convenient, at some point, the employees working independently or in remote locations will face a dilemma about upskilling and managing projects efficiently. There could be gaps in maintaining the perfect work-life balance and building social relationships at the workplace. This will eventually cause issues of poor team-building activities and increased disengagement amongst the employees. This is why organisational heads like CEOs and HR managers/CHROs should step in and ensure work-life balance swings back and forth for each employee and organise team-building activities and events that will allow the employees to engage with each other and establish meaningful social relationships
Middle management confronts new realities and challenges every other day. The pressure of meeting targets and other organisational expectations often burdens managers. With increased globalisation and market changes, we can expect their responsibilities to also change. We can observe a more classified work environment where managers will not just 'manage' but 'lead' teams with precision, efficiency, efficacy, and compassion.
We are all aware of how digitisation is taking over the world. This implies that the most high-value work will become cognitive in the near future. Employees need to develop their innovative and creative skills to solve complex problems proactively. As business models expand and experiment in this digital era, it is important that employees refresh their digital proficiency consistently to meet the growing market needs. HR managers can host boot camps or leadership programmes where such upskilling initiatives can be introduced for the employees. They need to create a continuous learning environment that promotes knowledge acquisition and transparency across the organisation.
Hybrid work has stimulated greater interest in monitoring employee well-being and workplace productivity. According to a leading analysis, more than 15% of employers are employing technologies to monitor their employees through methods such as tracking their computer usage, their working hours, their email threads or internal communications/chat. This will help the companies to understand when the employees have worked past their working hours, and when they need to recharge by monitoring their biorhythms, nutritional requirements and exercise needs. The industry leaders will optimise information and technology to develop a hybrid workplace that is open to the different working styles of all employees.
It is not a hidden fact that AI (artificial intelligence) is slowly penetrating into our daily lives. These smart machines are getting much smarter and more efficient. In the coming years, it is expected that companies will optimise the functionalities of these smart machines to develop personal toolkits of virtual doppelgangers with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) software and devices Digital expansion can also help in building cloud communities, open applications, and more advanced personal virtual assistants that will make work easier and faster than before!
There are several people who want to make a meaningful impact with their work, not just within the organisation but in society as a whole. They will actively seek opportunities that are in sync with their purpose and objectives in life. Looking at this social angle, many organisations will come forward with opportunities that help their employees make a significant impact on society with their services. The job roles will be well-structured and defined in such a way that they reflect a positive image of society. Therefore, this will help the employees understand their key responsibilities and will lead to better employee retention in the coming days.
We can conclude that it is undeniable that the pandemic has changed the dynamics of the workplace and staffing. However, in the future, we can witness further changes and all for the better! Workplaces are going to be innovative, inclusive, and insightful in the future and will promote the growth of both employees and their employers.