Work: between leadership and sustainability, what new trends are there in the Italian market?
The technology revolution is dragging the world fast behind it and the work market is set to follow. Research by analysts concerning the leap in 2023 shows two trends clearly emerging above the others: the increasingly decisive role of sustainability and a clear demand for new skills concerning more practical leadership. Between these two poles, though, other factors are in motion, key elements that cannot be disregarded. The first, without a doubt, is the ever-increasing difficulty in sourcing talent, on the run for decades now towards other destinations that are far more welcoming for neophytes in terms of both remuneration and career paths. The second – connected with the first but also caused by the weakness of the Italian training system – is the difficulty in finding highly-skilled profiles, particularly with regard to the new digital frontiers: proof of which is the limited incidence of reformulating and upgrading of competences.
Experts say that the remodelling of leadership capability to the new requirements of companies, so as to make the most of talent and reduce the impact of staff turnover, is fundamental in this context. Managers must possess and hone their communicative capacities, manage criticalities, develop a strategic mindset, focus on clients and promote diversity and inclusion. This approach is also the decisive factor in preventing quiet quitting, at the heart of which a feeling of non-belonging to context and corporate culture prevails.
The latest 2023 market trends, particularly concerning Generation Z, are the Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) and the Metaverse: 46% of Generation Z workers believe that the Metaverse will become their future work, if not totally, at least in part; 67% of them have already worked in a DAO or are taking the prospect of doing so into consideration.
DAOs implement to the full the power of employees to choose when, where and for whom they work. The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of remote working and hybrid working, but many young people choose a more interactive and participatory smart working experience. The introduction and growth of the Metaverse facilitate the meeting of virtual twins in work spaces, satisfying the desire for contact and interaction with teams and colleagues.
In short, sustainability is becoming unavoidable in employment strategies. Talent and highly-skilled profiles in general are increasingly more attentive to employee physical, mental and financial wellbeing and to a company’s ability to create long-term value, through a sustainable impact on the territory and a resilient approach.