TechRound: 2022 predictions for the future of work.

March 10, 2022 Mike Smith

The future of work has been inextricably shaped by COVID-19. The impacts of the pandemic have created a “new normal” of remote work, flexible hours, self-care initiatives and other lasting changes. 

What remains from the pre-pandemic years, however, are talent shortages in high-demand skill sets, including cloud computing, cybersecurity and the internet of things (IoT). A stubborn skills gap continues to persist.  

Mike Smith, global CEO at Randstad Sourceright, discusses candidate supply and demand as a key issue facing companies, saying: “Increased investments in workforce planning tools, actionable market intelligence and broad organizational commitments to workforce reskilling will be critical components of the future of work in 2022.”

That includes looking at internal talent and creating a strategy for retaining valuable workers by deploying them to new areas. As Smith explains, “it’s one way employers can quickly shift internal talent to new, adjacent roles with minimal downtime and more on-the-job and innovative training.”

Read his thoughts in TechRound, then take a deeper dive to find out how HR will continue to serve as the North Star for organizational progress in 2022.

About the Author

Mike Smith

With an 18-year career at Randstad, Mike Smith brings a wealth of experience in the talent acquisition industry to his role as Randstad Sourceright global CEO. Smith joined Randstad in January 2005 as a graduate recruitment executive and has since held various operational and leadership roles for Randstad including managing Randstad’s business operations in Australia, managing director for Southeast Asia, CEO of Randstad UK and managing director of Randstad Sourceright in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. An active driver of Randstad’s “tech and touch” strategy, in his role as CEO, Smith continues to elevate Randstad Sourceright's customer value propositions, seek out ongoing areas for differentiation and embed change through investment in business transformation technology.

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