2024 Outlook: Emerging Trends and Predictions in Peak Body, Membership, and Associations Space
As 2024 kicks off, those of us in the peak body, membership, and associations sector find ourselves at a really interesting point. January’s here, and with it comes the usual mix of challenges and fresh starts that can set the tone for the rest of the year.
This is the time when we get a real sense of the trends that are going to shape our industry. It’s about taking a hard look at what’s coming our way and figuring out how to tackle it head-on.
So, let’s dive into what this year might have in store for us. I’m keen to share some thoughts on the emerging trends and how they might play out over the next 12 months.
January’s Hiring Landscape
The start of the year typically brings a flurry of activity. For our sector, this is the time when strategic hires are crucial. Organisations are looking to capitalise on budgets and set the tone for the year. Expect to see a significant uptake in roles focused on digital transformation, member engagement, and policy advocacy.
Trend 1: Digital Transformation Leads the Way
Unsurprisingly, digital transformation remains the biggest conversation in most industries. Organisations are seeking professionals who can lead digital initiatives, from enhancing virtual member experiences to leveraging data analytics for informed decision-making.
Expect a surge in hiring digital strategists, data analysts, and IT specialists. These roles will be central to organisations looking to modernise operations and offer enhanced value to their members.
Trend 2: Heightened Focus on Member Engagement
In a time where virtual interactions are the norm, engaging members effectively has never been more crucial. Organisations will prioritise roles that drive innovative member engagement strategies.
There will be a growing demand for roles such as Member Engagement Managers and designated roles to manage member community platforms such as Higher Logic. These positions will play a big role in retaining and growing membership bases.
Trend 3: Policy Advocacy Takes Centre Stage
With an increasingly complex regulatory environment, organisations will look to bolster their policy and advocacy efforts. Professionals with expertise in government relations and policy development will be highly sought after.
Expect a rise in demand for policy advisors and government relations specialists. Their expertise will be crucial in navigating the changing regulatory landscape and advocating for members’ interests.
Trend 4: Embracing a Flexible Work Model
The pandemic has permanently altered the work landscape. Organisations all over the world have no choice but to adopt a flexible work model to balance operational efficiency with employee well-being.
This shift will influence hiring patterns, with a greater emphasis on roles that can effectively operate in a flexible environment. Flexibility and adaptability will become key skills sought in new hires.
Trend 5: Sustainability and Social Responsibility
Sustainability and social responsibility are becoming increasingly important. Organisations will seek professionals who can integrate these values into their operations and member initiatives. And vice versa, candidates are looking for roles where they can truly make a difference, with companies that align with their personal values.
Roles focusing on sustainability initiatives and corporate social responsibility (CSR) will see a rise. This trend reflects a broader shift towards more socially and environmentally conscious operations.
What do you think?
As we navigate these trends, I’d love it if you shared your observations and predictions. What trends are shaping your hiring strategies this year? How are you adapting to meet the evolving demands of our industry?
2024 promises to be a transformative one for the peak body, membership, and associations sector. By staying ahead of these trends and adapting our strategies accordingly, we can ensure a successful and resilient future for our organisations and members.
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