Lessons From 2021 to Implement in 2022
– By Gayatri Yellayi
When we precisely look at the workplace culture, everything has become different, to say the least. In a span of 2 years, we saw the business world turn upside down and the sad reality is the word “consistent” won’t fit into the workplace or businesses anymore. However, with challenges come innovation, with every low moment, a high moment awaits. So, instead of dwelling on the past hardships, we thought it’d be wise to learn from them to make 2022 more fulfilling and meaningful.
1.Reassess Your Learning Priorities
At the peak of the pandemic, according to the US Labor department, 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs.
In the meantime, several organizations have recognized the importance of upskilling their employees to provide them with better resources, helping them succeed in their careers. So, in 2022, turn your prime focus towards upskilling and learning to make yourself competitive in the job world.
2.Address Gender Inequality
As per a report, 1 in 4 women have considered downshifting their careers or even leaving their jobs, due to shortage in transportation, lack of internet utilities, declining work -life balance, and so on.
There are rising fears that women who can resume their careers may fall behind their male counterparts who consistently work from the office, due proximity biases, which are worsening the gender gap. It’s high time organizations addressed these often-un-noticed gender gaps by coming up with an action plan. Surfacing these inequalities is the first step to bring about change especially during these conditions where the world is still changing.
Ways to improve gender equality:
- Using networking, mentoring, and tutoring as powerful tools, help women build confidence to pursue their career of choice.
- If you run an organization, aim for 50-50 gender in all the teams.
- Offer support to women professionals in terms of childcare or extended leave policies.
3.Train Your leaders
In the wake of unpredictability and adapting into the new work life, organizations must strive to integrate the workforce to reach new heights faster.
Convince your clients that their deliverables may be delayed by a few weeks to ensure your co-workers are stress-free.
As a leader, you must also cultivate confidence and hope in your employees. In a way, you are saying to them that everything will turn out well and you are confident that they will reach their goals.
4.Make Work-Life Balance a Priority
Though some employees have reported better work life balance last year with the remote working scenarios, the tables have turned lately.
Though some companies are trying to address these issues by urging employees to step away from their phones and laptops after their designated work hours, there’s still more to do in this area.
Ways to balance your personal and professional life:
- Structure your working day by taking scheduled breaks.
- Dedicate some time in a day to pursue your passion.
- Prioritize your mental health.
The Foreseeable Future
Finding stability in life can seem a wild goose chase as of now with the changing circumstances as the new COVID-19 variants emerge.
To survive and thrive in these situations, organizations must shift their way to reinvention to ensure a successful talent pipeline.
“ You only struggle because you’re ready to grow but aren’t willing to let go.”
– Drew Gerald
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