Remote and hybrid work continued to grow in 2022, since it’s a good idea for cost-cutting. Thanks to cloud computing, remote work has contributed to business continuity through the pandemic. Here are developing trends that will impact the workplace in 2023.
How the workplace looked in 2022
A recent Gallup survey of over 8,000 employees found 6 percent wanted to only work in-office. Many professionals of various industries have found that working from home allows them the flexibility and work-life balance they desire.
The rising cost of living forced many Americans to demand higher wages the past few years. In 2022 employees gained leverage by further demanding safer and less stressful workplace conditions. Labor shortages for specific skillsets have forced employers to be more cognizant of employee concerns, health and well-being.
What common trends we’re seeing about how the workplace will look in 2023
Micro-training will be the key for many job seekers finding new work in 2023. That means taking quick courses on industry-specific skills emphasizing the basics. A key focus of people pursuing new careers should be to pick something they can learn quickly at an affordable price.
Instead of pursuing a four-year degree, individuals entering new fields should concentrate on certifications and meeting employer requirements. Jumping into software development can start with coding bootcamps.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has identified “productivity paranoia” as a common trend among employers, leading to the deployment of increased digital surveillance. But many professionals now want to avoid overbearing workplaces. A Gympass survey found that in 2022 nearly half of employees saw their well-being decline.
What this could mean for the job market and employment in the new year
Job growth has been strong the past year, along with employers paying closer attention to workplace flexibility and work-life balance. Despite the abundance of job openings in 2022, economic uncertainties such as a possible recession present challenges for many businesses. Big tech companies have already planned to lay off thousands of employees in 2023.
Nevertheless, positive trends affecting employees and the workplace persist. Rising wages, salary transparency and better benefits all factor into what will be meaningful career opportunities for both new and experienced professionals.
While 2022 was an optimistic year for career-minded workers, 2023 poses economic challenges for both employers and employees. The most resilient businesses have focused on choosing the right talent and technology to streamline their operations.