Back to Work: Staffing Look Back and Look Ahead: Evaluating 2022 and Predicting 2023

Ashley Keaveney
Back to Work: Staffing Look Back and Look Ahead: Evaluating 2022 and Predicting 2023

Throughout 2022, the talent market endured several unprecedented changes. To keep up with these changes and share insights from experts in the talent industry, DZConneX participated in a Back to Work podcast series to discuss industry trends and keep listeners informed. As this year comes to an end, we look back at the insights  different industry leaders shared about trending topics throughout the year. In this episode of our Back to Work podcast series, our host, Joe McIntyre, talked to Matt Rivera, VP of Marketing and Communications at Yoh, about the state of the talent market over the past year and shared their thoughts on what's to come in 2023.


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Evaluating 2022 and Predicting 2023  


Talent Resilience 

It was essential for companies to practice talent resilience throughout 2022, and this will continue into 2023. In short, talent resilience is the ability to hire talent when you need to. With all the changes the hiring market has gone through over the past few years, it can be difficult for companies to hire the top talent they need to keep up with a volatile market. Companies need to be prepared to hire new employees quickly no matter what condition the market is in.

As Matt mentions in the podcast, organizations need to create sustainable talent acquisition strategies despite the uncertainty we face, and they should continue investing in talent even as things slow down if they want to outperform their competition. Companies need to hire talent that will grow and stay with them for the long-term rather than just hiring someone to fill a position. Resilient companies in 2023 will look at talent holistically, allowing them to overcome the challenges that a volatile market presents. 


Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental health in the workplace was a hop topic in 2022, and it's something we will talk about for years to come. The pandemic has changed the way that many people view mental health, and it's vital to keep this in mind as workers return to the office. Setting clear expectations and promoting open communications will help employees ease back into the workplace. As long as employers have trust in their workers to get things done and give them autonomy, their employees should feel supported and know that their mental health matters. 

Companies need to make sure they prioritize their leaders' mental health, too. Many companies discuss how to improve their employees' mental health, but they forget to check in on their higher-up employees in the process. So if you're an employer, be sure to talk to your leaders and see if they are doing well themselves. 


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

Prioritizing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) will continue to be necessary for companies to succeed in 2023. Employers need to recognize that some diverse individuals are an untapped talent pool, and companies should start including them in their talent acquisition strategies. In the podcast, Matt mentions that companies need to ensure they are providing access to job openings, developmental opportunities, and promotions to all people. 

When it comes to DEI, the follow-through is key to success. Companies can't just talk about DEI initiatives, they need to actually implement them − authenticity is essential to attract and retain top talent. Lastly, companies need to provide a safe environment at the workplace for diverse employees to be heard and supported. 


Companies need to do more than ever in today's competitive landscape to attract and retain talent. To close out the podcast, Matt shares that the candidate experience and worker satisfaction will be key focuses in 2023. Putting candidates first will help organizations hire the best talent on the market. 

Listen to the full episode of this podcast here.


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