The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is pleased to announce its 10th annual Top 10 Work Trends list. According to member surveys, these are the issues expected to have the most impact on work in 2023.
Some of the trends have been on prior years’ lists. Organizations are still trying to transition from the pandemic and find new ways to manage their employees. Re-thinking the employee experience of remote workers, best practices for managing a hybrid workforce, and managing the transition into a post-pandemic world are three trends that remain at the forefront of our list.
Others are new and touch on higher-level macro conditions such as the economy. How can organizations best support their employees as they navigate inflation, unexpected layoffs, and fears of a recession?
This year’s trends also reflect the growing focus on psychological safety, an integral feature of well-functioning work environments. Psychological safety, a construct reflecting an employee’s perception that they can speak up, ask questions, and voice concerns without negative consequences, contributes to employee performance and wellbeing. Because it impacts worker wellbeing, creating psychological safety can also be understood in conjunction with the sixth trend: reshaping work to address employees’ mental health. While it’s important for organizations to treat the symptoms of work-related stress, it’s better to structure work in ways that prevent stress in the first place.
Scan the list below for a summary introduction to each trend.