It’s too convenient, in these tumultuous times, to chalk up almost any shift in the way we live and work to the aftereffects of COVID-19. While it’s clear that this historic pandemic prompted many changes, a number of trends were already in motion, especially in the employment world. 2023 will see many of these trends reach their full effect.
Of particular note is a fundamental restructuring of the employer/employee relationship. For workers, COVID only accelerated their passion—and eventually their collective demand—for their working lives to be placed in a larger context. Employers, if they are to remain relevant amid a tight recruiting scene, are compelled to both respect and accommodate the needs, aspirations, and lifestyles of every individual.