2022 is shaping up to be a more positive year in turns of social and economic recovery as the pandemic draws towards its hopeful conclusion. However, the IT skills gap continues to be an issue as people around the globe turn their backs on workplaces that aren\u2019t listening to their appetite for flexibility, autonomy and professional development.\nMicrosoft is claiming more than 40 per cent of the global workforce is considering switching jobs this year and LinkedIn reported a 26 per cent jump in Australian workers moving from one company to another compared with the same month in 2019.\nThe traditional, stuffy workplaces of the past with a top-down approach to management and rigid ideas about what success looks like are finally experiencing their day of reckoning.\nWhen it comes to attracting an increasingly judicious workforce in a world of boundless choice, employers need to place a renewed focus on the employee experience, and I\u2019m not talking about cosmetic updates masquerading as structural change.\nAvenues for professional development should be increased, allowing for peoples\u2019 voices to be heard, inputs to be recognised and for meaningful work to take place. Work that is unimpeded by distractions and time-consuming manual processes.\nLeaders also need to drive internal efficiencies to free up time for employees to focus on meaningful initiatives. As a by-product, they will reap significant cost savings that can be funnelled into training, development and other opportunities for professional progression.\nHaving the right tools in your kit\nThese trends have been the driving forces behind Macquarie Cloud Services\u2019 recent product roadmap, which has included the creation of tools to help organisations control costs and empower IT teams. \nTo this end, the team recently launched Macquarie Lens, a self-service portal as part of its Azure Optimise program, after eight months of development.\nMacquarie Lens allows organisations using Azure to gain new insights into their IT environments, specifically around compliance, governance, security and cost.\nWith the deep & unique insights offered, the self-service portal fast tracks the overall maturity of an Azure environment. This frees up valuable cycles allowing teams the freedom to focus on more innovative business initiatives. The result is a more engaged team.\nAs well as empowering teams, Macquarie Lens helps organisations uncover significant savings at a time when resourcefulness is front of mind. On average, customers are saving 26% off their monthly Azure bill. This is budget that can be reallocated to team development, training initiatives or as above new & innovative projects that leverage the Azure platform\nThere has never been a greater appetite for flexibility, career development and deriving maximum value from your investments. Organisations listening to these needs and incorporating them into their day-to-day are the ones that will invariably reap the benefits in 2022.\nClick here to learn more about Macquarie Lens.