The world of work is constantly evolving, and the year 2024 will bring some new and exciting changes to the way we work. Here are three future work trends that you need to watch and prepare for in the next few years. An d how to make your Current or new job role more meaningful.
Remote and Hybrid Working is Here to Stay
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to remote and hybrid work, where employees can work from anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. According to a recent survey , 52% of workers would prefer a hybrid model - combining office and remote working, after the pandemic, and 30% would like to work remotely full-time. In the UK whilst some employers shows resistance to implement this flexible working policy all indication shows that the trend for working flexibility is here to stay and is growing in the UK as well as globally. And is reputed to be a major influence in job changing in 2024,
What this means for employers is that they will have to adapt their policies, processes, and culture to support a more flexible and distributed workforce. They will also have to invest in digital tools and platforms that enable collaboration, communication, and productivity across different locations and time zones.
Skills and learning will be more important than ever.
As technology advances and disrupts various industries and occupations, workers will have to constantly update their skills and knowledge to stay relevant and competitive. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2025, 50% of all employees will need reskilling, and 40% of the core skills required for a job will change. This means that workers will have to adopt a lifelong learning mindset and take advantage of online courses, micro-credentials, and other learning opportunities. Employers will also have to provide more training and development programs for their employees, as well as create a culture of learning and innovation.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion will be key drivers of success.
The social movements of 2020 have highlighted the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace and society. DEI is not only a moral imperative, but also a business imperative, as it can lead to better performance, innovation, and customer satisfaction. According to a study by McKinsey, companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 25% more likely to have above-average profitability than those in the fourth quartile. Similarly, companies in the top quartile for ethnic and cultural diversity on executive teams were 36% more likely to outperform their peers. This means that employers will have to make DEI a strategic priority and embed it in every aspect of their organisation, from hiring and promotion to culture and values.
Protect your health and happiness by taking steps to make your work meaningful.
Clarify your values - When deciding where to work, remember that many factors besides salary or working policy matter. Explore the culture. Know your priorities, and make sure the company’s beliefs align with yours.
Connect with the mission -Surveys show that most employees are unfamiliar with their company’s mission. Study your organisation’s vision and purpose. Find areas of common ground with your own personal goals.
Build relationships - Your interactions with your boss and co-workers greatly impact your job satisfaction. Communicate openly, and work collaboratively.
Seek balance - Prevent burnout by practicing self-care and pursuing interests outside of work. Avoid excessive overtime, and disconnect when you go home.
Focus On Skills:
A growing number of companies report talent shortages and difficulty filling certain positions. Meanwhile, many tasks that knowledge workers used to do are being automated. It’s essential to keep your skills updated.
Continue learning - Your personal and professional development depends on lifelong learning. Take courses online, and sign up for training programs at work. Read books, and talk with others about their areas of expertise.
Find a mentor - you need help identifying and correcting weaknesses that are holding you back? A trusted and experienced adviser can provide guidance and encouragement.
Gather feedback - Pay attention to your performance reviews. Thank others for their input, and use it to do your job more efficiently and effectively.
Read job listings - You can learn much from want ads even when you’re not actively searching for a new position. See who is hiring, what working policy is on offer and what qualifications are in demand.