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reflecting on two transformative years in career coaching.

reflecting on two transformative years in career coaching.

As we mark the second anniversary of the launch of Randstad RiseSmart's career coaching solution, it's a good opportunity to reflect on the profound transformations within the workplace over these years. The seismic shifts brought about by the pandemic have redefined employee expectations and reshaped the strategic imperatives for corporate success.

From the outset, it was clear that retention, engagement, development and internal mobility were going to be the cornerstones of the evolving employment landscape. The Great Resignation underscored the urgency of retention, pushing companies to reassess their employee experience. High turnover isn't just about losing talent; it's about the cascading effects on training, recruitment costs and operational disruption. In response, businesses are crafting employee value propositions that resonate more deeply with a workforce that now places a premium on flexibility, purpose and well-being.

But retaining talent is only part of the challenge. Engaging people in a world where things are more and more global and hybrid work models are increasingly the norm has prompted us to rethink how to maintain vibrant company cultures. At Randstad RiseSmart, we use technology and creative strategies to ensure our team remains connected and motivated, despite the physical distance that separates our global teams.

Development and upskilling represent another critical foundation. The rapid pace of digital transformation has made continuous learning a necessity rather than a luxury. AI technologies, like natural language processing tools, large language models (e.g., ChatGPT, Gemini, etc.), have not only revolutionized the ways we work but also highlight the skills that future workforces will need. We've embraced the challenge by investing in comprehensive training programs that emphasize adaptability and the cultivation of skills that cannot be replicated by machines.

Internal mobility, too, has increasingly come to the fore as a strategic priority. It's a pathway that benefits both employees and employers by filling skill gaps and enhancing job satisfaction. We've focused on helping you create a mobility ready workforce and filling open roles from within, which can bolster your retention rates and reinforce a culture of trust and growth.

Throughout this journey, the role of coaching has evolved significantly. Once seen as a luxury afforded only to executives, coaching has proved its value across all levels of an organization. Making high-quality coaching accessible to every employee transforms organizations. Offering career coaching for all has not only met the immediate needs of many global businesses, but has also set a new standard for what effective coaching can achieve within the corporate structure and positioned coaching as an expected benefit (like an EAP) versus a luxury.

The work landscape continues to shift with trends like “quiet quitting” and global layoffs reshaping our strategies. The challenges are significant, but so are the opportunities. As we look to the future, integrating AI in workforce management and enhancing workplace equity and inclusion practices will be key to maintaining a competitive edge.

In this rapidly evolving context, treating workforce goals not just as HR objectives but as central strategic pillars is more crucial than ever. Companies that embrace these changes and invest in their people comprehensively will emerge stronger and more resilient.

As we continue to refine and expand our coaching offerings, our commitment to unlocking potential and transforming organizations through accessible, effective coaching remains unwavering. If you lead a people experience, learning and development or a related role in your organization and are seeking a partner who can truly shift how coaching impacts your business, Randstad RiseSmart is ready to redefine what's possible.

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Lindsay Witcher is managing director of career transitions and coaching for Randstad RiseSmart, a part of Randstad Enterprise.

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