Today, the situation in the world of work is radically different from the pre-pandemic period. People’s priorities have changed and organisational arrangements have been radically transformed, probably forever. As a result, the labour market is also no longer the same.
Smart working has become increasingly widespread and people have often found themselves working from home. In this context, as shown by the 2021 Annual Survey of the Lifeed Work-Life Observatory, which surveyed 1,258 participants in its training programmes, there has been a shift in people’s focus towards their own well-being.
Among caring roles, 40% of participants recognise that they take care of themselves, a 90% increase over the 2020 figure (where only 4% per cent recognised that they take care of themselves). This figure could indicate an increased focus on personal well-being and increased awareness.
The pandemic remains the most significant transition for people for the third year running (74%). However, all participants in the Lifeed Survey say they are also experiencing other personal transitions, such as becoming a parent or caregiver, changing jobs, homes, etc.
Against this backdrop, it is interesting to note that the leadership figure is higher for those who care for someone at home or at work. While, in general, 77% recognise that they have improved this ability, the figure rises to 84% for new parents, 80% for caregivers and 79% for parents.
Caring for someone at work also increases leadership skills, as shown by the figure of 83% for managers (6% higher than the average). These data suggest that leadership in companies today must put the word “care” at the centre of their actions.