The COVID-19 pandemic has shrunk the talent pool market, increasing talent shortage to a degree that no one could have predicted. Today, companies are offering great starting salaries, proposing more long-term incentives and benefits, paying sign-on bonuses, and doing so much more to attract talent. But, talent yet is difficult to entice. Further, remote working practices have increased, leading to even greater struggles for business owners. Everything is changing – people no longer want to work within fixed office spaces, people want to take up different jobs and professions, people want a flexible work schedule, and the list goes on. This brings us to think about the different talent and leadership trends that are to come this year.
Here identified 7 talent and leadership trends for 2022
Upskilling the existing team
Facing a talent shortage means organizations need to keep a hold on their current workforce. The people they currently have are going to be the people they’ll really need if they’re not holding on to. This requires upskilling existing employees to prevent attrition, and fill niche roles. Training, development, and mentorship programs need to be raised. And, investments need to be made in new technologies to help advance careers.
Work has shifted from offices to homes and in-person meetings to online conference video calls. Everything is going more virtual. This brings challenges for maintaining relationships and building connections. Opportunities thus need to be created for deeper connections between teammates and building bonds. And for this, organizations need to instill a culture of understanding, listening, and inspiring employees to feel more connected.
Adapting and reinventing
Change is constant, and even more in the past two years. Adapting to this change, and being flexible with working styles is what can help a business succeed today. Companies thus are required to harness the agility and flexibility shown by their workforces, while also reinventing themselves for further change that can be predicted for the future, such as digital accelerations, supply chain issues, ever-shifting consumer demands, shortages, etc.
One thing that we’ve all realized from the pandemic is that it always works to be together if we want to get through difficult times. So, while there’s an increasing demand for work-from-home jobs, we also expect to see a rise in collaborative working practices and shared goals, no doubt that businesses need to come up with new working styles to match remote working conditions in order to achieve such collaboration.
Putting health at the forefront
Health and wellness have come to the center stage now. Employees no longer want tight schedules and pressurizing working styles. They’re feeling increasingly burned out from an abundance of video conferences, a lack of physical communication, and a myriad of personal challenges that are arising due to the pandemic. Mental health initiatives thus need to be taken up. Also, culture change is required. Team leaders also need to become skilled at discussing personal mental and physical health with team members, whether they like to or not.
The shift from “me” to “we”
The last 24 months have brought us once-in-a-generation levels of global disruption and political unrest. They have also given us the very best that humanity can offer, whether it’s the scientists who developed vaccines at record-breaking speed or communities that rallied together through difficult times.
As remote and hybrid working become normalized, leaders recognize that in 2022 they will need to devote more time to building new working cultures to match. Welcome to a world of frequent check-ins and continuous feedback, where agile, collaborative employees are most likely to thrive.
They’re also easing upon qualification and experience requirements. Furthermore, they’re also ready to go outside of their industry to hire. But, this can prove to be risky if you aren’t sure about who you’re hiring. This is why you need a strong and reliable partner to help you through these tough times; one you can trust for any and every kind of hire. WalkWater tops the list of such leading talent acquisition companies in India, who have experience as well as a large talent pool to help you choose from so that you can be certain that you’re hiring nothing but the best!