There are global shifts and challenges to deal with, such as climate change and shifting political and economic power. As our world is changing fast, organizations must learn to adapt it accordingly. There is rapid transformation across all industries. The major trends provide an overview of evolution of business operations to meet the demands of an ever-changing world.
Accelerating supply chain decarbonization is a good start however, farsighted companies look beyond supply chain to improve sustainability across business operations. By having a resilient approach, organizations can practise sustainability, which is key to success. Ignoring the same hinders the growth.
We now have increasingly capable robots and artificial intelligence (AI) systems that can perform tasks that humans used to do. Employers are now faced with a critical question: how do we strike a balance between intelligent machines and human intelligence? What roles should machines be given? Which roles do humans excel at? Without a doubt, automation will have an impact on every industry, so business leaders must prepare their organization to embrace change.
The way we work is evolving with more young people entering the workforce, more freelancers, and more remote workers. Studies show that traditional full-time employment will become a thing of the past as organizations shift to hiring people on a contract basis – with those people working remotely.
Generally, organizations have been very hierarchical and inflexible in their structures. However, that trend is changing as leaders recognise the need for flatter, more agile structures that enable the business to quickly make alterations to teams and respond to change. It is also a reaction to the changing nature of work, specifically the upsurge in freelance and remote workers. This is the era of flatter organizational structures, more akin to flexible communities than a top-down pyramid structure.
These days, consumers are looking for a more meaningful connection with brands. As a result of this need for connection, authenticity has emerged as a business trend. Authenticity fosters human connections because, as humans, we like to see brands and business leaders show important human qualities such as honesty, dependability, empathy, compassion, humility, and perhaps even a bit of vulnerability and fear.
Linked to authenticity, this trend is all about ensuring your business exists to fulfil an important commitment – and not just provide profits to shareholders. The intention defines why the organization exists. Importantly, a powerful objective has the promise of transformation or striving for something better – be it a better world, a better way to do something, or whatever is important to your organization.
The way companies generate money is also changing. New platforms and mechanisms have come up to connect organizations with investors and donors. Think of crowdfunding, initial coin offerings (ICOs), tokenizations, and special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). Many of these new methods are driven by decentralized financial movements. In the decentralized financial movement, financial services such as borrowing and transactions are carried out in a peer-to-peer network via a public decentralized blockchain network.
The way businesses and workers operate is shifting at a pace quicker than ever before, thanks to major global challenges and technological advances. These trends will have a significant impact on businesses in 2022 and the years beyond.