4 trends that will shape work in 2022
In the last two years, there has been a fluctuation in productivity rates and slowness in operations in most workplaces due to the Covid pandemic that caught people off guard. While most people thought and hoped there would be normalcy in 2021, it only worsened with the low investment rates and the emergence of more covid variants. With most states locked down, going to work became almost impossible while others, e.g., medical personnel, were forced to work under critical conditions with low pay and endangering their lives and that of their loved ones. This has motivated employers and employees to formulate plans to turn their work and operations into what they want in 2022. These trends include:
1. Automation of Work
Before the Covid pandemic, automation of work was largely ignored as people did not see the need to deploy machines or robots to help in operations. With the pandemic came the need to change the gear and stick to digital ways of conducting duties. While some may argue that it leads to job loss, it is fair to agree that it also creates opportunities for others in the digital field. More importantly, it ensures that workplaces continue to operate during critical situations that do not require a lot of human presence. Automation is crucial in the division of work and simplifies duties so that employees only do the required level of work.
2. Equity and Social Protection in Workplaces
Suppose the pandemic strikes again to worse levels. In that case, equity and equality will be a focal point in many workplaces to ensure the little available resources are shared out among the available employees. With workers going through different life experiences and circumstances, leaders need to formulate plans and factors that favour their employee equally and help them achieve their goals. In simple terms, equity means everyone is provided with the same available opportunities and resources without considering their different wants and circumstances. Social protection of workers motivates them to work harder and improve the workplaces for better chances and opportunities.
3. Transparency and Accountability in Leadership
To move forward after being hit by the pandemic, work power, investor coalitions, accountability, and transparency is set to be a norm in workplaces. In this era, corporate should play a big role and change the way operations are conducted. 2022 will be an accountable year with leaders in the limelight on how operations are conducted and goals are attained. It is no longer a time to make empty promises and swindle funds, thinking there is more time left to make things right. 2022 is the year to make things right and create a foundation for the coming years to succeed in business management.
4. The Green Transition Takes Effect
The pandemic proved how crucial the environment plays a big role in balancing life. In 2021, conservation rotated around green skills but failed to effectively point out how the transition will make a fair change in people’s lives. Beyond the financing done to help contribute to the green transition, leaders failed to explain “how” the transition would be implemented. In 2022, companies must bring together the social and environmental factors and start treating them to stabilise all aspects of human life. If need be, hiring additional staff should ensure stability and growth achieved.
As many people site it, 2022 should be a year of change. There should be more hiring than firing companies with corporate only targeting to make the world a better place. There should be decent working conditions in places of work to reduce accidents caused while working and better healthcare services provided with life insurance packages so that illnesses are kept under control as soon as they crop up. Leadership should also aim at closing the disability gap by ensuring there is the hiring of more disabled individuals to compete with able ones in the job market.