What is the great disruption? And why employees and employers need to know about it

Slowly returning to normalcy after the pandemic and now moving beyond the great resignation, you’d think the workforce would be done with all of the changes? But, oh no, the great disruption is here, and it’s here to stay.

Coming off the back of the great resignation, employees are taking charge of their careers and looking for jobs to fit in with their lifestyle. While this may sound like a huge shift, it’s something that employees and employers should look at as an opportunity rather than something to fear.

What is it?

After the pandemic, it was made very clear that a large percentage of jobs could be completed from home. This meant no commute and working from your home office, all while wearing trackies when you’re on a Zoom call. What more could you want, right?

40% of the global workforce considering leaving their employer this year. Microsoft, Work Trend Index Annual Report 2021. 

Moving forward to the current climate, employees have now taken this in their stride and expect that employers offer a remote or at least hybrid working role. This has meant that many businesses have to shift their mindset around day-to-day work to keep up.

How to navigate?

Remote working is here, and it almost seems to be slowly taking over. But, with teams only continuing to become more remote, employees and employers must be equipped with the skills to not only manage, but thrive, in this new landscape.

Employers

For employers, this is where being flexible comes into play. The alternative to neglecting the needs of employees often leads to quiet quitting or employees choosing to quit indefinitely. Making the decision to shift your ways of working so you offer either a hybrid or fully remote role is vital to stay with the trend of remote work.

Offer Flexibility

If you aren’t able to facilitate an entirely remote role, then offer flexibility. Employees are looking for that work-life balance, where work isn’t overshadowing everything. So, offering a potential 4-day work week or flexible working hours is a great way to stay current. Additionally, it’s also a great way to accommodate those with a family who can benefit from the chance to adapt to unexpected disruptions.

Expand Your Talent Pool

With the shift from in-person work to remote, you have a great opportunity to expand your talent pool. Where applicable, you’re able to branch out to employees in other areas that wouldn’t normally be available to you.

Employees

Employees, the good news is you’re in a great position to be selective about where you work. After the great resignation, employers are forced to emphasise a work-life balance, giving you more opportunities to think about how you work and choosing the perks that are important to you.

Be Selective About How You Want To Work

We’re now in a time where employees have the advantage of being picky about where and how they work. So it’s no surprise that most employees can and should be making strategic career choices. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of this.

Stay Adaptable

Ok, so we’re definitely not trendsetters, but we do know how important it is to stay adaptable to the trends in the working world. To combat this, we recommend having open and honest communications with your boss or supervisors to discuss where they think the workplace is heading and what you can do to ensure you’ll remain happy within your work.

Key Takeaways

We can definitely see where the future of work is headed. However, it’s important to keep your options and mind open so you can use this period of disruption as an opportunity. If you’re concerned that it might affect your hiring changes, get in touch with our qualified team, and we’d be happy to help.

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