Nobody saw the 2020 pandemic coming. Many businesses kept looking for a way to “get back to normal” but are now starting to realize there really isn’t a normal to get back to. COVID-19 isn’t completely going away any time soon, which means businesses have to find a new normal and change the way they operate.
But how do job seekers feel about this new normal? We wanted to know what you’re optimistic (and less than optimistic) about going into 2022, so we held a poll. Here’s what you had to say.
The Optimistic Side
Twenty-nine percent of those surveyed are optimistic about the COVID-19 pandemic not completely ending, but becoming less of a factor for businesses, while 13% feel the inflation of prices for goods and services will slow. Twelve percent are optimistic they will receive a raise, and another 12% think the economy will grow. Finally, 11% feel positively about remote work becoming industry-standard, with another 11% thinking they will have more job opportunities than ever.
The Less Optimistic Side
On the other side of the spectrum, 20% of those surveyed find it unlikely the inflation of prices for goods and services will slow. Seventeen percent find it unlikely the COVID-19 pandemic will end completely, and 13% aren’t very hopeful of a promotion. Twelve percent think the economy will not grow.
So, in general, job seekers think 2022 will be another year of uncertainty. Most of those who responded to the poll were split in their opinions, but there is one thing most agree on: that the pandemic won’t completely end, but will become less of a factor for businesses.
Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the job market in 2022? Let us know in the comments section below!