What HR needs to know today about workplace changes in 2022

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What HR needs to know today about workplace changes in 2022


Another strange year of work is almost over. In 2022, what type of workplace developments might we expect?

As we approach the new year, these are the top six workplace trends that HR professionals should be aware of.

The high turnover rate persists

As per MindEdge’s ‘Age of Workplace Uncertainty’ poll, over 55% of HR leaders believe turnover is greater than it was before the pandemic – and they don’t anticipate that to improve anytime soon.

Additionally, most executives agree that hiring and onboarding employees remotely is more challenging than in the office. (On the plus side, the majority of executives polled by MindEdge believe remote interviewing is just as successful as in-person interviewing.)

For the time being, HR directors will have to accept that some recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and onboarding will still be done remotely. To improve it, try putting more focus on remote, online interviews, which still appear to be beneficial.

Allow team members to observe virtual interviews at a later time. If that’s not possible, ask them to submit questions for all applicant interviews.

Hiring changes with time

HR’s hiring problems are unlikely to improve in 2022. According to statistics from the National Federation of Independent Firms, over half of small businesses have job positions they can’t fill.

For most HR professionals, the demand to employ and the challenge in locating new hires will undoubtedly rise. As a result, you’ll want to look into new sites to recruit, various groups to target, and a range of job posting options.

An emphasis on discovering and employing recent military veterans is one emerging recruitment trend.

Sarah Peiker, CEO of Orion Workforce, stated, “Hiring and reskilling veterans can be an exceptionally effective solution to address the skilled talent crisis.” “They also have a keen awareness of the interplay between quality, quantity, maintenance, safety, procedural compliance, and the people they manage or deal with.”

You may collaborate with groups all throughout the country to discover, recruit, and train recent military veterans.

Candidates with criminal history are another group to consider.

“Workplace stigmas and antiquated recruiting practises prevent the 77 million formerly imprisoned Americans from ever being evaluated for jobs,” said Linda Shaffer, Checkr’s Chief People and Operations Officer.

Employers who seek out and recruit people with criminal records are more likely to enhance their diversity, equality, and inclusion initiatives.

“Fair chance hiring must be integrated into businesses to achieve this essential degree of full diversity,” Shaffer added.

Uncertainty and disagreement persist


It’s possible that this is the least startling of the 2022 workplace trends: The COVID-19 epidemic, which began two years ago, will continue to have an impact on workplaces in ways that go beyond physical health.

Most businesses and their executives will have to deal with the uncertainty and potential conflict caused by the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination regulations for employers – and its near-immediate implementation.

In fact, according to a Qualtrics poll, workplace vaccination debates have eroded confidence among coworkers and between management and employees. It’s also led to greater schisms and cliques inside groupings.

In 2022, HR directors and front-line managers may need to concentrate on soft skills like teambuilding and dispute resolution. You may wish to post etiquette reminders when more workers return to work in office environments. Managers may also wish to revisit teamwork and performance objectives.

On-site difficulties are left unaffected by remote work


Facebook issued a headline-grabbing warning about the dangers of some remote work arrangements. When 75% of the company’s workers were working offsite, there was a massive outage. Many of the skeletal employees in the office were locked out of crucial systems, and they all hurried to get everything back up and running.

As more firms implement hybrid or remote work environments, they confront comparable challenges, such as not having the people, procedures, or protocol in place to respond to unexpected events. Getting IT and remote workers on the same page will be more critical than ever.

“Because up to 80% of employee IT issues go undetected,” said Marc Moesse, SVP Product at Lakeside, “support staff may not become aware of some problems until they’ve developed to full-blown crisis.” “Companies may futureproof themselves by aligning IT with hybrid workforces.” No matter where they are, they’ll want to maintain their devices, networks, apps, and security optimised, healthy, and ready for anything.”

There are still challenges with engagement


The majority of experts feel that remote work will continue to be a popular workplace trend in 2022. Most HR executives and front-line managers agree that it raises a new set of challenges for keeping staff motivated.

It’s possible that employees may continue to feel alone. Collaboration will most likely be less successful than when they collaborate on-site. They may not receive the feedback they require if they do not communicate with their supervisor on a daily basis.

“It’s critical for managers to stop viewing employee appreciation as a time-consuming task. Instead, see it as an essential component of effective leadership,” said Ken Schnee, General Manager of Sterling’s Technology, Media, Entertainment, and Hospitality Group. “Compensation, team recognition, and learning and development possibilities are all examples of employee appreciation. They’re the bedrock of a positive work environment.”

They can assist enhance employee engagement whether they work on-site, remotely, or in a hybrid environment.

Concerns about safety and health persist

Health and safety will remain a primary priority for employees in 2022, regardless of where they work. Companies will want to emphasise their commitment to keeping staff healthy.

“Managers may assist keep their workers healthy and safe by implementing COVID-19 testing and vaccine monitoring,” Schnee advised, while the federal vaccination regulations are still up in the air.

In addition, you’ll most likely want to keep the on-site health and safety measures in place. Work to accommodate workers who might still want to avoid going to work.

The focus is still on well-being

Similarly, and from a broader perspective, employee mental health will almost certainly remain a top goal. In the midst of a pandemic, many employees – and their bosses – continue to struggle to strike a decent work-life balance.

“Mental wellness initiatives are especially crucial given that the workforce is in such a state of flux.” “Nearly half of the workforce has a mental health problem,” Laura Sage, CEO of Chill Anywhere, stated. “Poor culture, high turnover, and excessive absenteeism are all repercussions of a mentally sick team.”

As a result, you may want or need to expand access to mental health benefits in the next year. One of the hottest workplace trends for 2022 is to provide employees with 24/7 access to stress-reduction solutions. You may, for example, sell meditation app subscriptions, yoga centre memberships, or access to well-being events or webinars.

Recruitment, Vaccination Tracking, Mental Health? See how HealthBoxHR can help your business tackle the trends of 2022 – without any hassle!

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