Top 9 workplace trends for 2022

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on March 18th, 2022

Top 9 workplace trends for 2022

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on March 18, 2022

Don’t expect a static “new normal” to emerge any time soon—the world of work is still evolving at breakneck speed. These look set to be the defining trends of 2022.

 

  1. Sharing top talent

 

In 2022, we’ll see more people enjoying the flexibility of working for multiple employers as companies learn to beat the talent drought by “sharing” top talent and bringing in external people to support in-house staff.

 

2. Recruiting from anywhere

 

A logical extension of allowing people to work from anywhere is recruiting people from anywhere, nationally or internationally, even from countries where the company doesn’t have an office. This is a game-changer, offering an exponentially wider talent pool for employers and a smorgasbord of options for employees.

 

3. Less stress

 

Companies that want to get ahead in 2022 will be encouraging pandemic-weary employees to have a good work-life balance and make time for self-care, such as getting enough sleep and exercise. The increase in benefits related to health and wellness also looks set to continue.

 

4. Lower travel budgets

 

The boom in video conferencing, coupled with the urgency of cutting carbon and, for many, the necessity of cutting costs, means we’re not likely to see a mass return to flying business class any time soon. Business travel budgets look set to remain low.

 

5. Hyper-competitive hiring practices

 

As the talent drought continues, businesses looking to attract top talent will be pulling out all the stops to woo candidates. Today’s employees want a healthy work-life balance, a strong company culture, and above all, flexibility. To many, these now matter more than salary—which should be a relief to pandemic-hit employers.

 

6. Hyper-automation

 

Between the pandemic and the Great Resignation, many companies have been very short-staffed and have turned to automation to fill the gap, and this trend looks set to continue, especially with the ongoing shortage of talent. The hyper-automation market is projected to top $600 billion in 2022.

 

7. Healthier workplaces

 

Creating a healthy work environment has been shown to boost performance and productivity significantly, as well as cutting absenteeism and staff turnover—a vital consideration in the current job market.

 

8. More emphasis on soft skills

 

Digitalisation is paradoxically making soft skills more sought-after as employers begin to place more value on meaningful connections. New hires who can demonstrate strong empathy and good communications skills will help to create a peaceful, productive workplace, especially in the virtual office.

 

9. Engaging remote workers

 

This brings us to our final point. Remote employees often feel disconnected from each other and from their employers. In 2022, companies will be stepping up to fix this with virtual team bonding, performance rewards, and other initiatives to make everyone feel like part of a team.

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