In 2020, the world came to a screeching halt as a result of the pandemic. Two years down the line, we’re still feeling the ripple effects. The pandemic enduringly changed the way we live and the way we work. If we were to look for a silver lining from an event that seemed impossible to offer one, it would be a dramatic shift in our perception of what work should be. More and more people are looking for inclusive work environments, and younger generations are giving wellbeing, mental health, and work-life balance long-awaited seats at the table.
Undoubtedly, the next generation’s perceptions of current leadership and their views on the future of work can and should be the impetus for organisations to adapt and evolve, ultimately moving in time with a new normal that still hasn’t found its footing.
Each year at The Adecco Group, we survey the next generation of leaders to explore their thoughts and feelings on the future of work. #CtheFuture 3.0 is a survey of young leaders across the globe, some of whom participated in the Adecco Group’s CEO for One Month 2022 initiative. This year 1,685 respondents hailed from all corners of the globe; our top five respondents came from India, Italy, Peru, Brazil, and the UAE.
76% are between the ages of 18-30
Over 50% are women
30% are enrolled in full-time education
23% are currently employed full-time
We asked these promising young leaders what they thought about the future of work and new ways of working. The survey included questions about flexible working practices, access to the labour market, and concerns about the future of work. This is what they said.
1. Soft skills aren’t going anywhere anytime soon
In 2019, 69% of respondents said soft skills were more important than hard skills for future CEOs. Three years down the line, the paradigm shift is quite clear. Our latest survey reveals that 82% of respondents believe soft skills are far more critical for future leaders.