She explained how the caregiver support discourse about resources has only snowballed since 2020. “Leading up to COVID and even [during] early COVID, a lot of these policies were still thought of as a ‘nice-to-have.’ What we’re seeing today is it’s no longer ‘nice,’” she said. “‘Family-friendly’ isn’t just a perk, but it’s really a must-have for those businesses who are trying to compete.”

2023 inclusion trend: Embracing veterans

Stamps also said she wants to see more conversations about veterans — especially conversations with nuance. The veteran community has different branches (Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and Space Force). From those branches come veterans with either operational or combat experiences.

Additionally, military-related physical disabilities and mental health challenges vary. “Some people have combat-related injuries. My husband is 100% disabled from the Marines, but you couldn’t tell by looking at him,” Stamps explained.

As military personnel re-integrate into civilian life, their Veterans Affairs Administration compensation and benefits breakdown affects their approach to work. Employers should think about how a workers’ veteran status affects their financial goals, as well as how they relate to the world and whether “they feel seen,” Stamps said