Each year, HR leaders are always being asked to look into a crystal ball and predict the future. This year, you don’t have to have a Spidey sense to tell you that a few trends that are surfacing are likely to stick around beyond 2022.
By now, we have seen how the coronavirus pandemic has changed your work and life. Slowly, things are improving and you’re getting your business and your staff used to the new normal. Many (HR) functions were quickly reimagined in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and HR professionals can continue to expect new challenges in 2022.
Here are five HR trends to monitor this year:
Hybrid Workplace Sustainability—Most workplace leaders expect that at least some of their employees will work remotely after the pandemic. As such, many employers will factor in hybrid work when creating or updating workplace policies and processes.
Attraction and Retention Amid Labor Shortages—The current labor shortage has been an obstacle for most employers and is likely to continue into the new year. Generally, employees are seeking opportunities that offer better compensation, benefits and flexible work arrangements.
Investments in HR Technology—In 2022, many employers will integrate technology into more HR processes or build upon their existing practices. Technologies are being used to create efficiencies and improve processes, such as recruitment, onboarding, and learning and development.
Growing Demand for New Skillsets—Desired skillsets vary by organization and industry, but many employers are pursuing high-level digital and communications skills for potential and current employees.
Employee Health and Well-being—Employee health and well-being will remain a top concern and priority for both employers and employees. Caregiving, mental health and adjusting to remote work will likely remain top challenges.
As the pandemic evolves, employers will need to innovate and stay on top of trends to meet the needs of employees.
The good news is: The future is flexible
New employee expectations aren’t going away. To succeed in a post-pandemic world, organizations must recognize the power of people, embrace the need for flexibility and rely on the benefits of data-driven HR decision-making.
A holistic approach to employee well-being, skill transformations and a human touch will ensure quality work experiences despite ever-shifting paradigms. With changing skill preferences and the booming gig economy, HR might be in for surprises as the year progresses. Companies must strategize for these shifts in advance to avoid compromising on their overall productivity and growth.
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