The future of work has been inextricably shaped by COVID-19. The impacts of the pandemic have created a “new normal” of remote work, flexible hours, self-care initiatives and other lasting changes.
What remains from the pre-pandemic years, however, are talent shortages in high-demand skill sets, including cloud computing, cybersecurity and the internet of things (IoT). A stubborn skills gap continues to persist.
Mike Smith, global CEO at Randstad Sourceright, discusses candidate supply and demand as a key issue facing companies, saying: “Increased investments in workforce planning tools, actionable market intelligence and broad organizational commitments to workforce reskilling will be critical components of the future of work in 2022.”
That includes looking at internal talent and creating a strategy for retaining valuable workers by deploying them to new areas. As Smith explains, “it’s one way employers can quickly shift internal talent to new, adjacent roles with minimal downtime and more on-the-job and innovative training.”