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Since 1985, military and business leaders have been learning to achieve strategic, operational and tactical goals while navigating in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world. The term VUCA may soon be augmented by “permacrisis”, aka permanent crisis, which was named the 2022 word of the year by The Collins Dictionary. Author David Shariatmadari says “permacrisis perfectly embodies the dizzying sense of lurching from one unprecedented event to another.”

As an HR practitioner working in the behavioral health industry, I monitor workplace wellness and benefit trends designed to support employees struggling with mental and behavioral health issues. Such issues include substance misuse and addiction, which have increased significantly in the post-pandemic, permacrisis world.

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