The world of work was radically altered by the events of 2020. When remote work became a requirement, many IT departments were pushed hard to keep up with the pressure. To make sure that all employees of your business are working to their full potential, your flexibility and quality IT support are key.
What To Expect In 2023
Indications are that options for hybrid and remote work for knowledge workers will continue. To that end, business leaders will need to find new ways to reach out to potential valuable employees who can do the work without needing to come to your
The option to work remotely full time may mean that your employee pool puts in their 8 hours in a different time zone. As such, your ability to support these employees, both technically and administratively, will require some creativity.
Quiet Quitting Is Still A Risk, But Quiet Hiring May Work For You
The power and risk of losing quality employees to quiet quitting will likely continue. There are many employees who have been going the extra mile for a while and perhaps not feeling that their efforts have been appreciated, valued, or even compensated. Once an employee moves into quiet quitting mode, rebuilding enthusiasm for their job may be a bigger challenge than the employer can take on.
However, another trend that offers businesses struggling to find the right hire some hope is quiet hiring. If you are effectively staffed but have a few holes in necessary skills, you may do well to work with a staffing agency that can provide contract workers for specific actions or skills. The staffing agency handles hiring paperwork and tax documentation while the employee tackles your specific need.
Consider Upgrading Training Options
Leaders in the business community have options, both in training their employees to fill the gaps noted above and in building their own skills to increase success in the future.
According to Techservealliance.org, a facilitator of staffing industry conferences in 2023, “Last year’s Executive Summit focused on some of today’s most critical topics that impact the industry, such as: Succeeding in a work-from-anywhere-sell-to-anywhere-world, leadership, and culture, building and retaining a high-performing staffing team, and the staffing firm tech stack.”
Protect A Positive Work Culture In 2023
There are many benefits to being a remote worker. You don’t need to commute to a job and you can do laundry over your lunch break. Many remote workers get more done because they can easily focus on their projects. If your team includes many introverts, you may have found that your business productivity skyrocketed when the majority of your workers were allowed to work from home.
However, you probably have staff who need to come to the office to complete their tasks. Even if you can’t offer them remote work, consider creative ways to increase flexibility specific to their needs. For example, you may have remote workers in a different time zone who need to route projects through your admin team before 8 a.m. Do you have employees who are willing to work from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.? Do you have other employees on your support team who can come in later and work until 6 or 6:30 p.m.?
As you offer these, make sure that employees understand that these are simply options. Someone who lives with an aging parent may desperately need more time in the morning to get everyone up and ready to face the day. A parent with school-aged children may love the idea of leaving the office at 3 p.m. Consider creating a survey and give people 10 days to really think about these options before making your decision. Include them in the decision-making process; your creative staff may come up with support solutions you hadn’t even considered.
No matter how you handled 2020, the world of work has changed. If your leadership team is struggling with the new options that you need to offer to keep skilled employees, new training options from top to bottom can offer you a bit of relief. Change is never easy, and forced change can be especially problematic. However, you need to keep the investment you have made in all of your staff members.