Predictions about the future of work are constantly evolving.
Prior to the pandemic, the future of work expected to see companies slowly transition to technology-driven workspaces, flexible work schedules, and distributed workforces.
However, the last two years sped up the adoption of these trends. Now, as we look into 2022, what can businesses expect from the new future of work?
According to a survey from January Ventures, 91% of early stage startups now start out partially or fully distributed, indicating that hybrid work models are part of mainstream workplace practices.
Startups are finding that offering these types of work arrangements outright allows them to have a competitive edge in the tight labor market. However, it also requires them to adopt new tools and software to successfully manage these operations.
As hybrid working becomes a more solidified part of the workforce, companies will need to improve their current offerings to enhance both the in-office and at-home work environments.
For instance, leaders should invest in office space closer to the homes of employees. who have struggled with the isolation of working from home.
Automation will also play a larger role in the workplace and be a necessity to everyday operations. Previously, this technology was designated for high tech companies, but now it is accessible to businesses large and small.