We’re living through a pivotal moment in work. According to Gallup’s 2022 State of the Global Workplace Report, “living for the weekend,” “work is just a paycheck” and “watching the clock tick” are the mantras of countless global workers.

At the same time, we’re witnessing a watershed moment in terms of how workers think about the opportunities that lay ahead for them. In other words, what they could do, given the opportunity.

And it’s not just theoretical: Employees are taking action. If The Great Resignation (or Great Reshuffle) has shown us anything, it’s that employees vote with their feet. Hoping to find meaningful work experiences, many people are willing to leave a company that may not align with modern employee expectations.

How Businesses Can Do Better

points out that forward-thinking businesses are paying attention to workers’ changing needs. How? Human-centered companies are beginning to rethink not just working models, but cultures and company values. Meanwhile, employees are continuing to seriously reevaluate not just how they work, but why they work.

So how can companies start the journey of building a people-focused working environment that lays the foundation or worker well-being? Moreover, how can leaders create workplaces that attract and retain top talent? Let’s take a look.

1.    Prioritize Work-life Balance.

Work is a major component of most people’s lives, but it’s not the only one. Flexible work arrangements, generous benefits for growing families and controlled workloads are likely to be key factors for companies’ success moving forward.

2.    Create Meaningful Learning and Professional Development Opportunities.

In LinkedIn’s 2022 Global Talent Report, 59% of respondents saw professional development as a key way to improve company culture, higher than any other factor. Forward-thinking companies will prioritize how they help their people learn, grow and gain new skills.

3.    Consider (and Actively Foster) Workers’ Sense Of Purpose.

A sense of purpose, at its core, is when an employee can find meaning in their work. It’s also how their values align with the business’s. A purpose-driven workplace is one where employees have the opportunity to work on what is personally meaningful for them. In today’s world of work, more and more employees expect their jobs to bring a significant sense of purpose to their lives. Accomplishing this is beneficial for all. Not only can having a sense of purpose help people feel more productive, it can also help them feel healthier, more resilient, and more likely to stay with their employer long term.

Looking Ahead

Moving forward, learning leaders should ensure that their employees feel valued and supported in their roles. Learning and development (L&D) will likely play a key role in the future of work and helping workers find purpose in their work. Helping their people find meaning in their roles will require considerable rethink for many companies — not only in terms of how their employees work, but the nature of the work they do.

In the wake of the pandemic, more and more people are beginning to seek effective ways to find meaningful and impactful work. People increasingly want to feel that their role actively contributes to the organization’s success. And to do this, they are seeking human-centered workplaces that offer continuous learning opportunities.

Providing your people with the opportunity to continuously learn and develop new skills is the ticket to retaining them long term. Companies that adopt a human-centered approach to L&D can enable their people to find purpose-driven work within the organization while simultaneously giving the company a competitive edge.