The “new normal” isn’t so new anymore as this year marks the two-year mark since companies were forced to suddenly pivot to new workplace arrangements and operations.
However, predictions about the future of work have varied.
Some experts believe that the pay gap between men and women could widen due to women disproportionately being forced to leave their jobs, while workplace flexibility is expected to play a significant role in how companies operate in the future.
Additionally, workers have a new set of priorities as a direct result of the pandemic. While climbing up the ladder and being viewed as successful in the professional world may have once been highly valued for employees, being satisfied in both personal and professional environments will triumph in the future.
The user experience will also play a pivotal role in how well companies perform. Making strong connections between user and producer instills a sense of trust, which means a better performing business.
Wellness in the workplace will no longer be seen as a nice-to-have and extend beyond the traditional doctor’s office. Wellness programs in the future need to focus on both the mental and physical health of employees.
A brand’s story will also make a bigger impression on consumer spending in the future. In fact, research shows that 73% of consumers will pay more for a brand that they can connect to on an emotional level.
In anticipation of these trends, leaders need to create strategies that address these demands and potential issues now. Companies that wait too long to implement new workplace strategies risk losing out on new customers, workers, and current employees.