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3 factors that will influence every company’s talent strategy in 2023

November 30, 2022, 12:49 PM UTC
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One in three professionals plan to look for a new job in 2023 despite economic uncertainty, according a survey by iCIMS.
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We’ve officially made it to the point in the year when leaders are setting talent priorities and strategies for the year ahead. Much of that requires forward-thinking and historical data. The recruiting software company iCIMS provides the former in its 2023 Workforce Report detailing the Great Reset.

iCIMS surveyed over 3,000 job seekers and HR leaders to better understand what’s expected in the months ahead. The top three findings? Employee engagement will remain relatively low, economic uncertainty will influence employee behavior, and return-to-office strategies still matter. 

“The Great Reset is a recognition that things are not going to be what we have known in the past,” says Laura Coccaro, iCIMS’s chief people officer. “The new way forward will still include navigating uncertainty. That’s our new norm.” 

For Coccaro, one of the most surprising insights is that workers report feeling detached from their jobs. Only about a third of people surveyed report that they love their jobs, and one in four say they’re biding time to cash in on a bonus or gain more experience until another opportunity comes along. One in three professionals says they plan to look for a new job in 2023 despite economic uncertainty. Coccaro says employers must double down on efforts supporting internal mobility because the aforementioned “uncertainty” is showing up in job candidate behavior. Eighty percent of surveyed workers do not feel secure professionally or financially.

“You can never give someone 100% certainty about their future in perpetuity—no one has that crystal ball to be able to do it,” says Coccaro. “But organizations that are acting transparently and being thoughtful about how they’re communicating, how their business is performing, and what that means for their employees are establishing trust and credibility.”

On the flip side, economic instability is also deterring potential job candidates from applying for new roles. One in five professionals says they are no longer actively searching for a new job because of economic concerns. And to prove their value to current employers, 30% say they work longer hours and take on more projects and responsibilities. For people leaders, Coccaro says this could lead to burnout.

“This is where it’s up to employers to find that right balance in how we’re pushing employees because the last thing we want to do is start the cycle of burnout all over again,” she says.

Lastly, the report finds that solidifying and sticking to an effective return-to-office strategy in 2023 will be paramount. Employees remain split on how they wish to work, and 48% say they prefer to work full-time in person. However, 63% of current job seekers say openness to remote work is a top factor in their decision to accept a job offer. While Coccaro says it’s difficult to reconcile, it comes down to the fact that the talent market still demands flexibility of choice.

“We can’t let what we might view as contradictions or uncertainty get in the way of setting a path to moving a business forward with a clear talent strategy,” she says. “There’s always going to be uncertainty, and now’s the time to get strategic about meeting the market demands and being more proactive than reactive.”

Amber Burton
amber.burton@fortune.com
@amberbburton

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