The employment landscape is continuously changing. It’s imperative for team leaders and executives to fully understand the new emerging expectations of their employees and effectively set the stage for them to become fulfilled.
Otherwise? The company itself may experience a loss of productivity, lower employee satisfaction, and even issues with employee retention.
For 2023, one can expect the 3 following career trends to leave a mark on their businesses:
More and more, people aren’t just looking for jobs that give them a nice paycheck. Ideally, they want a form of employment that can be stimulating and interesting.
This growing need leads to the concept of job crafting, which involves redesigning an employee’s current role in a way that better matches the employee’s goals and strengths.
Job crafting is growing as a trend because the current economic uncertainty is preventing people from quitting even the jobs they hate, regardless of what this decision might do for their emotional and mental health.
Even so, executives should not rest assured that, even for the time being, their employees are staying put. Employee satisfaction directly ties into their productivity and how well an employee contributes to the company.
Career vs. Personal Identity
Though they seek fulfilling jobs, more and more workers are trying to establish a much more strict distinction between who they are as a person, and who they are as an employee.
This trend is emerging because of growing rates of layoffs. When you read stories of people who’ve dedicated their lives to a company, only to be fired in moments of financial crises, suddenly you get the desire to separate these two parts of you.
For executives, this trend showcases how imperative it is to offer employees a positive environment in which they can effectively thrive. Expecting employees to work overtime and go beyond their job description is no longer viable.
The Remote, Hybrid, or In-office Debate Continues
Companies might have hoped that this conversation has been put to rest in 2022, but you can expect it to sound even louder this year.
Flexible working hours and environments are still a major preference for many employees, albeit the reasonings can differ widely. Some workers might want this flexibility to accommodate their personal lives, while others worry about the financial toll of commuting and desire a remote office to cut their costs.
Either way, if your company has managed to stay on the sidelines of the conversation so far, 2023 might be the year where you’ll need to join in.
How Can You Prepare for These Trends?
These career trends showcase some of the changes companies must do in their environments in order to attract, keep, and engage their employees.
Companies should devise a plan for 2023 where they can establish specific steps to take, in order to put some structure behind the process.
An executive or leadership coach may be valuable during this process, as they can help you figure out how to create this effective structure.