One of the biggest betrayals I have felt to date is when I realized that there is no ‘making it.’ I was told as a child that once you have completed school, once you have graduated from college, once you have your job and so on – you have made it, you can settle. I don’t know why but naïve, gullible me took it to mean that there would be no more struggles like there were in school or college. Stupid, I know, but we all have these preconceived notions of how the world works and realizing that it doesn’t feels like a betrayal.
Covid-19 was one of those events where everything we think we knew about how the world can function was turned upside down. People and businesses discovered new ways to operate. In the two years of the new normal, some got comfortable with the remote working style while others longed for the good old-fashioned in-office working model.
Even with the pandemic declining and offices opening up experimentations in working models continue with the hybrid working style and the four-day work weeks. Resignations abound as employees look for more flexibility and work satisfaction instead of just a bigger paycheck and perks. Meanwhile, businesses scramble to keep up with the changing labor market and wish for the stability of things as they used to be.
The tide of change shifts the sands beneath our feet, and no one knows how things will settle.
“There is magic in the old and magic in the new; the trick is to successfully combine the two.” ― A.D. Posey.
The HR leadership has an opportunity here – to balance the old and new ways of working, to find a compromise that works for both the employee and the employer. The path ahead is full of trickery as clarity is lacking at many points and the tide of changes isn’t out yet.
Insights Success got in touch with human resource leaders who have been navigating this wave of change at work successfully. In the edition, ‘The 10 Most Influential HR Leaders To Follow’ we talked to HR leaders working across industries about the journey they took to become the leader they are today, the challenges they faced along the path, the skills they needed to learn to succeed, and how they are dealing with the changing workplace expectations.