3 Career Trends for Leaders and Executives Should Understand

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The employment landscape is continuously changing. It’s imperative for team leaders and executives to fully understand their employees’ new, emerging expectations 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.

One can expect the following three career trends for leaders and executives to leave a mark on their businesses:

Job Crafting

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 to better match 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 their employees are staying put, even for the time being. Employee satisfaction directly ties into their productivity and how well an employee contributes to the company.

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Career vs. Personal Identity

Though they seek fulfilling jobs, more and more workers are trying to establish a much more strict distinction between their personal identity and their employment identity.

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, you suddenly want 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 would end, 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 out of the conversation so far, this might be the year you need to participate.

These career trends showcase some of the changes companies must make in their environments in order to attract, keep, and engage their employees.

Companies should devise a plan that establishes specific steps to take to put some structure behind the process.

An executive or leadership coach may be valuable during this process, as they can help you create this effective structure.

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