Professional Development Series, Topic of the Week

2023 Employment Trends and Predictions

From work flexibility to employee safety, here is a list of five employment trends that you can expect in 2023.

  1. The desire for a remote or hybrid arrangement will remain unchanged. Globalization and advances in technology led to a rise in remote work within the past decades. Pandemic shutdowns in 2020 sped up this growth. A recent analysis from McKinsey projects that three to four times as many professionals will work remotely, at least part of the week. The hybrid work model has gained significant popularity, and experts expect that many companies will shift to hybrid offices where employees work on-site at least once or twice a week.
  2. Virtual team building. Virtual team building is a growing remote-work trend. Companies increasingly turn to activities like online murder mysteries, Zoom happy hours, and virtual trivia to engage remote employees.
  3. Employee wellness. Workplace wellness trends are more essential now than ever. The global pandemic crisis magnified the need for employee wellness initiatives. In the future, employees are more likely to prioritize self-care, and employers are more likely to invest in programs that spotlight health and wellness.
  4. Constant change is the norm. Change is inevitable; it is just going to accelerate. We can do our best to plan for what might be ahead, but the success of an organization will depend on its ability to swiftly adapt, monitor, and adjust. Therefore, organizations and their leaders should embrace change. They will be better equipped to ensure their businesses and people are poised for growth.
  5. Ongoing learning. According to the 2021 LinkedIn Learning Report, learning and development professionals have taken a more prominent role in organizations by helping employees adapt to changes in the work world. Re-skilling and up-skilling have been some of the top priorities in workforce development.


The work world changes constantly, and savvy employers keep an eye on the trends. Embracing workplace trends gives companies the opportunity to build more innovative and progressive organizations.

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