Project management was anything but business as usual in 2021. In 2022, project managers must plan for the best- and worst-case scenarios. That way, these managers can remain productive, no matter what challenges come their way.
Here are three project manager trends to watch in 2022.
1. Project Managers Will Increasingly Need Remote Work Tools to Keep Pace.
Remote work has been a big part of the “new normal” created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Although many companies are letting employees return to the office, some have adopted hybrid workplaces. Meanwhile, project managers must ensure in-house and offsite staff can thrive. They must stay engaged with these staff members and ensure they can handle all tasks on time and on budget.
Today’s project managers need the right remote communication and collaboration work tools. They must ensure workers can connect with their peers and superiors from any location, at any time. This enables employees to keep projects on track.
In addition, project managers should consider a wide range of remote work tools. They can then identify tools that their businesses can quickly implement. Plus, they can reap the benefits of these tools long into the future.
2. The Role of Project Managers Will Continue to Evolve.
Project managers were once primarily responsible for ensuring work tasks were completed with precision and care. Due to evolving workplaces, the role of project managers has changed accordingly.
Now, employees are embracing project manager responsibilities, even if these workers lack formal training. They are connecting with peers and superiors from around the world. And they are doing everything in their power to ensure projects remain on track.
Meanwhile, businesses can provide training to teach workers the ins and outs of project management. By doing so, they can verify all workers can handle project management responsibilities as needed.
3. Project Managers Will Engage with Internal and External Teams More Than Ever Before.
The best project managers maintain ongoing communications with all stakeholders. They understand how to connect with internal and external teams and get the most out of them.
In 2022, expect more project managers than ever before to capitalize on opportunities to engage with internal and external teams. These managers will use a variety of tools to stay in contact with these teams. They can verify that all team members are well-equipped to complete myriad projects.
Many project managers may look to add temporary and contract workers, too. These managers can rely on these workers to handle short-term projects. They may be able to foster long-term partnerships with temp and contract workers as well.
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