Saturday, January 01, 2022

Trend to watch in 2022

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” Brad Paisley

After completion of 365/366 days, the year ends, and the new year comes. every year gives a different experience, different learning. Year 2020 was difficult for us because of Covid19. Many people lost their loved ones. We expected that 2021 would be good, however it was more challenging. The positive side is that we got the vaccine, however again there is a fear of the spread of Omicron variant 2022. Life has been tough for us for the last 2 years and 2022 will not be a different year. However, there is a silver lining in everything. 

Time acts like a great teacher, mentor, and guru. 

Every year gives some perspective to life. 2020 taught us to be human, being minimalist. Year 2021 taught us the value of life. Every human being is impacted by the covid19 during 2021. Crisis like oxygen and unavailability of hospital beds tested our patience. The good news was getting vaccinated, and India has done a remarkably wonderful job by vaccinating people. 144 crores doses are administered till date.

Another positive thing happened is domestic consumption has gone up and the economy is doing great in India. Talent market is picking up. This will definitely have a boost to the economy and growth will continue in 2022 too.

We also need to be positive in 2022 considering the spread of the Omicron variant. Few trends we should watch in 2022 are explained here.

More focus on health & wellness: Though the people adapted to live with the Covid19 virus, awareness on health and wellness will be a major agenda for government and private organizations. Employers will have to prioritize mental health at work. They will have to set boundaries to create a healthy work-life balance for employees. With Hybrid and flexible work practices, work life integration will be crucial for everybody.    

Great Resignation: We have seen some trailers in H2-2021 about high employee turnover in different sectors. IT professionals are in demand but other professions like Talent Acquisition Expert, HRBPs, Business controllers, Data Analyst, Data Science Engineers, Marketing professional are also in demand. This will continue in 2022 too. The Talent Market in India will be hot next year.

Sustainability and social commitment: Speaking about sustainability and social responsibilities was cool a few years back. Covid has forced citizens and organizations to act on. People realized that now it is the time to give back to society. Organizations will continue to be committed to social responsibilities along with few concrete actions to have a positive impact on people and the planet.

Entrepreneurship: Many people adventured into entrepreneurship, some by choice and some were forced as they lost their jobs. Government is also supporting start-ups and new innovations, Universities, Colleges, and Institutes started incubation labs to foster new ideas. Year 2022 will see the birth of more Entrepreneurs.

Political polarization and regional instability: Political world will continue to be insane. The definition of terrorists, freedom of speech will be decided as per the political and social agenda. Regional instability because some countries will be disturbed. Taliban and their supporters will interfere on the instructions of their masters. Polarization in European countries has already started. NGOs, political leaders, so called activists, journalists will run their own agenda based on their interest and it will be more visible. However, those people will lose their credibility as citizens are becoming more aware about the situations           

Women and Gender: During the pandemic women in lower strata were impacted a lot. It is the need to bring them back in the flow and do something for them. It is the time to think about the poor and design some programmes to make them employable. The government, and industries will continue to focus on Inclusion and Diversity. 

Technology: Metaverse, 5G, Virtual Reality, connected equipment, EV, space travel etc. etc. is the talk of every conference. This will continue in 2022. Personally, I feel that these will be discussed a lot instead of actually coming into reality. The tests and standalone experimentation will continue but it will not be normal for at least next 2-3 years.  

Something about Millennial and Gen Z: Another trend is about millennials and Gen Z. Sometimes we stereotype them by calling millennials and Gen Z. Every generation is different and that's human evolution. Every generation learns new things, excel, and progress and use the new opportunities to their advantage. This is their choice; however, every generation has their own challenges, and we should recognize those. The new generation is using technology to their advantage, they want to take challenges, they want to be influencers, they want to impact the world and create their own identity. After a long 2 years, students will start attending offline classes. Pandemic has impacted them and their mental health. Going back to offline mode will be a bigger challenge to them. Teachers, Parents, Society, and employers (during campus selections) should be more empathic with them.    

Year 2022 will be challenging but I am sure that this year will also be a great teacher for us bringing more positive news.

Wish you all a happy new year 2022.  

(Opinions are purely personal & does not represent my organizations, current or past) 

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