As 2022 begins, it’s likely you’re reflecting on last year’s accomplishments and refining your goals for the new year. For many individuals, personal and professional aspirations are more intertwined than ever before, a result of long-term remote work, shifting priorities and continued unpredictability.
In today’s primarily remote work environment, professionals have had to adjust how they approach daily interactions. Face-to-face meetings, impromptu hallway conversations, and in-person lunches are relatively nonexistent. Additional effort is required to meet colleagues, build relationships and make an impact in virtual meetings. Even as physical office locations begin to reopen, remote work and virtual interactions will likely continue indefinitely. In these hybrid work environments, it’s important individuals build and maintain consistent personal brands that reflect who they are both in person and on screen.
January is around the corner and most individuals are reviewing their professional goals and development plans for the coming year. In the past, these annual goals may have been linear and inspired by natural paths for career progression. However, the events of the past year have made it apparent the focus should shift to more agile goals and account for a professional reality that continues to blur into personal responsibilities and home life.
For the past two years, employment scams have been deemed the riskiest type of scam for individuals ages 18-54, according to the Better Business Bureau. Through this type of fraud, individuals pretend to be recruiters, often asking for personal information and even money to move forward with a job offer. As the coronavirus pandemic creates what the BBB calls the “perfect storm” for scammers, professionals should be more cautious than ever.