The world of work as we knew it continues to change. We’re grateful for the strong network of professionals in our ROI community to rely on, to talk through these challenges, and to share ideas with one another. As we close out 2021, we want to provide some resources and reading for the New Year. Some of these are quick reads and others more in depth. We hope there is something for everyone to take away! We look forward to opportunities to connect with all of you in the coming year to continue learning and growing together to strengthen our organizations and our community.
Future of Work
Let’s start with general thoughts around the future of work. There are several emerging themes in these articles that probably won’t surprise you. We believe it’s important to see the big picture first, before jumping into solutions, to determine what is going to make the greatest difference to your team members and your organization.
Recruitment and Retention
In a candidate’s market, organizations are getting creative around talent by rethinking requirements and skills, focusing on internal mobility and doubling down on the employee experience.
Benefits and Compensation
There is a strong focus on identifying and offering benefits that team members value. Flexible work arrangements are on the list. Additionally, employees are increasingly calling for more inclusive family building benefits such as fertility coverage and paid leave for all.
Researchers are expecting higher inflation and tight labor markets through 2022, driving the highest growth in salary increase budgets since 2008.
HR’s Role and Focus
HR will continue to shine in 2022. Organizations look to HR for strategic partnership and creative thinking to reimagine the business. There is a strong focus on people – and the employee experience will be a differentiator now and into the future.
Our team spent some time reflecting as we close out another eventful year. We hope that you have a chance to do the same – to see what you have learned, to be thankful for what you have, and to recognize what is most important to you. Here are some of our thoughts that may resonate with you too…
Be disciplined to carve out time for yourself. You can’t be “good for others” without continually taking good care of yourself.
Be creative and sincere in the way that you take care of your people. Listen to their needs and provide resources to help.
Seek out connections – we all have something to learn from one another. And we can make a difference together!
Change & flexibility need to become your friend. Things don’t always go as planned and it’s important to be able to adapt when unexpected changes/events occur
Have mercy on others. Equally, or more importantly, have mercy on yourself.
Make sure to smile & laugh, everything is temporary.
Talk about something positive that happens each day.
Always be kind!
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and we look forward to partnering with you in the new year.