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Navigating 2024: The 4 Trends Shaping Organizational Design this year

Trend n°1: The Prelude to Adaptability and Agility


2024 unfolds with dramatic twists, as if nature itself is scripting a blockbuster challenging humanity’s resilience and innovation. As we wave goodbye to the first quarter, I reflect on the past months that have revealed a world bracing for impact. With more than 25% of 2024 already behind us, the consensus leans towards a challenging year ahead. From the “triple shock” impacting Europe’s economy highlighted by The Economist to personal milestones and societal shifts, the stage is set for a year demanding unparalleled flexibility and responsiveness. I mean, some key pillars of society did get diagnosed with cancer, showing how everything is vulnerable and can change quickly, and let’s not even start on the geopolitical situation & instability…


So, Adaptability—our capacity to adjust with flexibility to changing circumstances—and agility—the speed at which we respond to change—are not just buzzwords but essentials. The distinction between them lies in their approach to change: adaptability focuses on the ability to adjust, while agility emphasizes the speed of our response.

In the marketing realm, these qualities translate to a mastery over fluctuating markets and evolving trends. For instance, I’m currently working with a client launching a new business model fully digital, with a new mobile app, aimed at the mass market. By establishing a nimble structure within the broader organization, we harness both the speed of a startup and the resources of a larger entity, embodying the essence of adaptability and agility in our strategies. Flexibility at its best.


✔️ Trend 1: Adaptability & Agility in Mindsets and Structures


Trend n°2: The Crucial Pivot to Employee Well-being


The symbiosis between employee well-being and organizational flexibility marks our second trend. As hybrid and remote work models find their equilibrium, the imperative to nurture well-being to maintain productivity and satisfaction and attract / retain talents in the context of talent shortage has never been clearer. The stabilization of office attendance around three days per week, a preference echoed by many employees, signifies a broader acceptance of this new work paradigm. By adopting efficient, hybrid models, organizations can offer employees the balance they crave, enhancing both productivity and personal well-being. To foster a competitive advantage, or at least no disadvantage, which is crucial to attract the best profiles or even simply fill your vacancies. We see this trend at The House of Marketing too, where we maintain a flexible approach by mandating only four in-office days a month, which strengthens client relationships and team bonds during our crucial monthly gatherings for networking and company updates.


✔️ Trend 2: Employee Well-being and the Hybrid Work Model


Trend n°3: The Evolution of Talent Acquisition


The landscape of talent acquisition and development is undergoing a transformative shift. As mentioned earlier, in an era marked by talent shortages, the conventional recruitment playbook is being rewritten. The emphasis on skill-based hiring over traditional credentials underlines a move towards recognizing the intrinsic value of vision, understanding, and adaptability in candidates. In a changing environment we need to look for adaptable & resilient talents, who have the skills, more than the credentials to do the job, because the job is changing rapidly. To adapt to this change we have recently developed an initiative called  “THoM talents” which illustrates the industry’s adaptation to these changes, aiming to match the right talents with the right opportunities in this complex environment with a modern skill based process. This initiative connects visionary companies with professionals who not only fit their technical needs but also their cultural environment, ensuring a versatile workforce ready for market challenges. Recruiting and keeping the right people is becoming increasingly complex & mandatory for competitivity.


✔️ Trend 3: Talent Acquisition and Skill-Based Hiring


Trend n°4: The Imperative for Increased Productivity


Despite the complexities and uncertainties of our times, the expectation for heightened productivity remains undiminished. This drive for efficiency extends across all facets of organizational operation, from budget management to the optimization of Full-Time Equivalents (FTEs) and structures. The need for demonstrable ROI and value creation at every turn reinforces the importance of effective change management, ensuring that transitions are both swift and successful. We need to do more, with less. And for this, our vision is to turn to the major opportunities offered by AI, which enables us to automate routine tasks, enhance decision-making processes, and streamline operations, thereby freeing up our human talents to focus on more strategic and creative tasks.


✔️ Trend 4: The Drive for Enhanced Productivity


Embrace the Future: Connect and Transform


As we navigate through 2024, these trends highlight a path filled with both challenges and opportunities. Adaptability, focus on well-being, innovative talent acquisition, and a push for productivity are crucial. I think 2024 will be exceptionally challenging and exciting. I’m eager to explore how these trends will shape our strategies and lead to success. Let’s connect and discuss how we can address these changes together, setting the stage for a transformative future.

About the author

  • Magalie Bonafoux

    Magalie Bonafoux

    Senior Manager

    • Strategic Marketing
    • Brand Management
    • Marketing Communication
    • Innovation Management
    • Project Management
    • Team Lead