Facilitate Magazine January/February 2022
Opportunity is knocking
The global matters shaping 2022 are familiar though, alas, not comfortingly so; there are sharp edges. Variants of the virus will keep us vigilant. Decarbonisation requires determined action. Supply squeezes, rising inflation and skills shortages will be testing.
Yet looking ahead, I am energised by the opportunities available to our profession and the potential to make critical contributions.
There remains much to be worked out with lockdown-inspired, tech-enabled changes to workplaces and what they mean for the future of work. Arguments over office versus home will continue, but if the result is efficient, optimised workplaces that are fit for each organisation’s particular needs, everybody will win.
The ongoing effects of the pandemic, workplace changes and growing awareness of the personal and organisational costs of poor mental or physical health will ensure that workplace wellbeing stays high on the agenda.
Sustainability must remain front of mind as our profession seeks to meet urgent outcomes. Topics including building safety, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), the Living Wage, effective use of data and wider technology will stay in focus.
Like many others, our profession is experiencing challenges with skills shortages and attracting talent. IWFM is offering a 20 per cent discount towards online qualifications and short courses throughout January to support upskilling and professional development.
Our profession stepped out of the shadows during the pandemic as any organisation’s ‘linchpin’; I am determined to keep it in the spotlight in 2022 and beyond.
Linda Hausmanis is CEO of the IWFM
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