And just like that, it is 2023. Happy New Year!
Up and down the country people have been returning to work this week, emerging somewhat shell-shocked from the relaxed and cosy comfort of the holiday routine and trying to kick-start their engines for the new year. Those returning to the office are facing the chaos of rolling strike action, while those for whom working from home has become the norm are re-establishing boundaries and balance between home and working life. Meanwhile, for front-line, caring or support workers, there may have been little opportunity for a break at all. Quite the opposite for staff in NHS hospitals and ambulance trusts and subsidiaries, where a surge of winter admissions and critical incidents have placed yet more pressure on an already strained and weary workforce.
Wherever life finds you, we hope you managed to take some much-needed time out enjoying the festive season with your loved ones.
2023 has certainly begun with its share of challenges. From the cost-of-living crisis and budgetary pressures to the ongoing war for talent. Simmering tensions over shifting expectations about working life and the continued impacts on mental health, wellbeing and performance as we collectively recover from the pandemic and trauma of recent times surround us.
While it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking things are all doom and gloom, it’s worth remembering that in every challenge there is opportunity. It is how we respond to the many challenges within the trends that make up our ‘new normal’ that will set us on the path to success. Those that lean into the process, and skilfully navigate the choppy waters will reap the benefits.
We look forward to working with our clients, old and new, to support them in prioritising, planning and preparing for the challenges – and rewards – that lie ahead in 2023.