5 trends that will transform the way we work

The world is literally changing before our eyes and with it the way we work. What are the trends in HR and leadership? Which skills will make you the most desirable employee? Let's take a peek into the near future together so you can stay one step ahead.
Lenka Šilhánová
Sep 27, 2022
4 mins

1. Recruitment based on competencies instead of experience and education

A CV will tell you about past experience, but you won't know what potential a candidate really has. And that's what work competencies, which are the sum of the behaviors, knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes, and values needed for the job, will reveal.

Companies are beginning to modernize their recruitment process and online assessments are growing in popularity. They take away a lot of paperwork for HR professionals and managers, such as devising and assessing tasks for candidates. It makes the whole process more efficient, fair, and flexible

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2. Digital skills as the most in-demand abilities

Using and mastering technology will be one of the most needed skills in the labor market in 2025[1], the World Economic Forum said. All industries are going through a digital transformation, and virtually every company is becoming technological as a result[2]. Among other things, this will result in 50%[3] of employees having to requalify in the next few years. 

The new trend in employability will no longer just be about soft skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. These will be joined by digital skills and the associated adaptability to rapid change.

3. Remote work and international teams

The pandemic has normalized remote work and kickstarted a boom in the development of digital tools, opening the door to an international labor market. A global shortage of skilled workers has triggered a fight[4] between companies for the best of them. This has led the most resourceful workers to work for multiple employers at once, but often in secret[5].

According to recent research, young people change between 12-15 jobs in their working lives. In other words, talent will always go for the best offer, and often this will be abroad without having to emigrate from their home country. Technology allows people to work anytime, anywhere. 

For companies, this will have to mean adapting processes, from recruitment to actual operations. And for people, a change of mindset from a single occupation to career mobility and from specialization to transferable skills. But how individual countries will manage to adapt their labor codes is still a big question mark.

4. Work instead of employment

Long gone are the days when a person entered a job where they stayed for 40 years before retiring with a gold watch for loyalty. Today, the average person stays in a job for 4.2 years[6] and that time will only get shorter as Generation Z enters the workforce

However, this will be influenced not just by a desire for change on the part of employees, but by rapidly becoming obsolete skills or the very irrelevance of a given position, for example, due to automation, digitalization, or artificial intelligence.

Thus, one trend will be to hire workers to perform specific work[7] on a project instead of a job with a strict job description. Employers will therefore need to have an overview of what competencies they will need for projects and who in their proven network has them––or which ones they will need to find and hire on the market.

5. Well-being as a standard and not just a benefit

Inflation, the war in Ukraine, the pandemic, the digitalization frenzy, and the general fear of the future are taking their toll on the mental health of all of us. It's no wonder that the term 'quiet quitting' is trending on social media right now, with people looking for relief from overwork and, conversely, companies worried about low productivity.

People-first leaders, however, understand the direct link between employee well-being and productivity. They are not looking for quick and one-off solutions, but are thinking long-term. 

So the trend will be to educate managers about employee well-being and use HR technology to help identify the problem and recommend what managers should do. An affordable solution to having a psychologist and data analyst on the computer available 24/7.

What do you think about these five trends in HR? Do you think they are changes for the better that will solve some of the current challenges? Or are they just developments that will disappear as quickly as they appeared? Share your vision of the future with us on LinkedIn and make us happy when you share the article with your colleagues.


[1] Weforum.org, Five key trends shaping the new world of work, author Segun Ogunwale 

[2] Forbes.com, Why Every Company Is A Technology Company, author Stephenie Stone

[3] Europass.com, Dovednosti budoucnosti

[4] BBC.co.uk, What the war for worker talent really looks like, author Alex Christian 

[5] Forbes.com, The Remote Trend Of Working Two Jobs At The Same Time Without Both Companies Knowing, author Jack Kelly

[6] Weforum.org, Skill, re-skill and re-skill again. How to keep up with the future of work, author Stephane Kasriel

[7] LinkedIn.com, Skills are the New Currency, author Ryan Roslansky

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