A 2022 vision: Lessons from 2021 Coming Into Focus
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Lessons from 2021 coming into focus, within these years, the world adapted to ongoing pandemic life; we also had to stay nimble in the face of uncertainty. We tried to roll with the punches. As a result, 2021 saw new developments and challenges and existing issues that evolved globally.
Here, we have already been through some observations and expectations with this, which we had predicted throughout 2021 had set the stage for 2022. So, lessons as we enter 2022, now this is when leaders need to come and lead from the front.
The Great Resignation for Revolution
One of the effects of 2021: considering priorities. People ask themselves questions about how they generally spend their time and why, and many are quitting their jobs for greener pastures.
The Great Resignation means that those reevaluating their careers — and those trying to keep their people on board — must understand what’s important to both sides. For example, how does one balance a new opportunity with renegotiation in a current position? Can a company be flexible in terms of both time and space? — are working hours flexible? Can people do their jobs remotely? (work from home). What are the lasting effects? And what are the least expectations of the generation that’s entering into the workforce?
Different Work Styles and Pattern
Many organizations have already shifted to a more flexible work style — for the sake of retaining talent and encouraging work-life balance and convenience and safety. Some even acknowledge the seriousness of psychological safety, ensuring all employees feel appreciated and important, regardless of location or amount of face-to-face time. Managers will define and introduce the new world of work, both individually and collectively, on a macro scale.
The collaboration will always be crucial, and workplaces, even those physically present, may shift to reflect that need for multiple uses of space.
We are Getting Things Differently Now: Global supply chains.
During the initial days of the pandemic, there was concern about the availability of toilet paper. Now it’s a commonplace to blame supply chains for product availability and price issues, from computer chips to groceries.
The phenomenon of workers leaving their jobs in the herd has led to delays in manufacturing and transportation. We have also seen government-imposed quarantines, closed borders, and heightened geopolitical tensions in recent years. While just-in-time production is time and cost-efficient, could sustainable sourcing be a competitive advantage? How do international trade, small businesses, diversification, ESG, and government regulations fit into the equation?
The COVID-19 won’t be the last shock to global supply. So leaders must take action when it comes to many moving elements of the formula in equalizing efficiency and resiliency in the face of crisis.
AI and a Project Management Revolution.
Suppose efficiency needs to find a compromise with resiliency. In that case, there’s good news: When it generally comes to data science, project management and artificial intelligence (AI) may be able to mitigate issues of “over budget and past due.” In a world where uncertainty and flexibility define the game, machine learning could change the world’s fortunes for individuals, organizations, and the world.
Revolutionary technological tools should consider the present and future of planning management. So should customer satisfaction, the implications of tracking real-time employee buying and purchasing behavior, the long-term effects of AI for the workforce at a greater level, and Facebook working on the Metaverse technology.
Leadership is Vitally Crucial.
While COVID-19 has accelerated the mass adoption of new technologies, it also brings to sharp relief that some factors are constant: Great Leadership is profoundly human. An organization/company is a group of people, after all. Technology can make our processes more effective, efficient, and advanced, and it is a valuable tool, but technology cannot make us better employees, colleagues, or leaders.
In the age of automation, the human traits of judgment, compassion, and ethics are crucial to maintaining business success. In addition, roles that require human characteristics like creativity, empathy, and motivation are the ones that provide an opportunity to reshape the distinct work culture and maximize the chances of success for both organizations and individuals. But to that end, leaders should be prepared to teach people new skills — including technological skills.
Individuals, Leaders, and Organizations
People care what companies/organizations do, not just as individual employees, but in their other roles as stakeholders: shareholders, customers, and community members, for instance. And companies — business as a whole — can have a significant impact on major issues. For example, is the company making climate change efforts? Does it embrace responsible capitalism? Does it work with workers’ needs? Does it work on DEI initiatives?
In 2023 will not be a return to “business as usual.” Therefore business leaders should prepare for 2022.
Suprotik Sinha is the Content Writer with Synkrama Technologies. He writes about technologies and startups in the global enterprise space. An animal lover, Suprotik, is a postgraduate from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication (SIMC) Pune. He carries 6+ years of experience in Content Writing, and he also worked in mainstream broadcast media, where he worked as a Journalist with Ibn7 ( now known as News18 India) and Zee Media in Mumbai.