The seven biggest business challenges every company is facing in 2023 as a futurist I look far ahead but I also look at the next year and highlight the most important Trends and challenges we need to look at so here are my top seven for 2023 inflation and economic downturn inflation will continue to be high many economies will stagnate or Shrink and businesses need to prepare for this now it’s the time for companies to establish end-to-end visibility of spending across their business and Supply chains supply chain security is another key issue we have seen covert related back blocks then came Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a massive labor shortage due to the great resignation this has made part and products harder to obtain as well as pushed prices up for things like energy grains computer chips oil and so on according to a report by Accenture supply chain issues could result in a potential 920 billion Euro cumulative loss to GDP across the Eurozone by 2023.
Companies should resist the urge to order to compensate for backlogs which could worsen the situation instead focus on long-term recovery and restructure their needs to prevent similar shortages in the future increasing expectations for more immersive customer experiences are demanding more immersive customer experiences in the real world as well as the metaverse customers entering brick and mortar stores and just looking to buy products they want memorable in-store experiences and online retailers should consider adding extended reality experiences such as virtual dressing rooms that allow customers to try on clothing accessories and makeup without leaving their homes no matter.
How do you engage with consumers online offline or a mix of both ask yourself how can we add even more value to your customers by turning this into action into an experience I accelerated digital transformation artificial intelligence is already starting to augment all our businesses and that Trend will continue to accelerate in 2023 at the same time other Technologies like 5G blockchain the metaverse cloud The Internet of Things Are developing and speeding up Ai and they’re all enhancing each other this is rapidly creating a word of ever faster technological development in response every business must think of itself as a tech business companies need to redesign their processes and ensure their people have the skills needed for a world where we increasingly collaborate with and work alongside intelligent machines the war for talent will intensify companies in 2023 must be ready to cope with the continuous Talent shock.
We’ve been hearing about the war for talent for years but it feels like this war is really intensifying and heating up in 2023 companies across Industries are facing massive gaps for Vital future skills and they need to reskill and upskill massive sectors of their Workforce to get ready for the fourth Industrial Revolution companies can and should take on the responsibility for training Talent by taking steps like hiring people straight out of school and instilling cultures of continuous learning on top of that the pandemic has made many people re-evaluate their jobs leading to mass resignations in many sectors so to attract.
Top talent employers must also offer working environments that are appropriate for this new world of work including job flexibility authentic leadership and a culture that values diverse data and device security cyber attacks are on the rise and ransomware is now a common occurrence as businesses become more digital they accumulate more data which becomes highly attractive to cyber criminals that intend to steal it and hold organizations Hostage to financial demands mobile and IoT devices are not immune to cyber security threats additionally Quantum Computing is now emerging which could render existing security systems obsolete.
So companies can take steps to protect themselves by taking proactive measures like evaluating their data backup and Recovery processes conducting penetration testing and vulnerability scanning creating a cyber threat-aware culture and taking proactive steps to protect sensitive data and protect themselves from cyber attacks sustainability climate change is the world’s largest business Challenge and consumers are demanding transparency in sustainability practices
Finding the right talent.
As well as more eco-friendly products and services companies can respond by viewing the whole picture of their business practices and auditing their full Supply chains they should also consider switching to renewable energy moving to more sustainable packaging and allowing people to work remotely where appropriate becoming demonstrably more sustainable can not only satisfy consumers needs but also help you spot inefficiencies and deliver savings that have a positive effect on your bottom line to understand these new and emerging trends in more detail subscribe to my channel have a look at my website my podcast and check out my books Tech Trends and practice and business Trends in practice which just won the 2022 Business book of the Year award.