5 Workplace Trends for 2022
As we adjust to the new year, we can see new workplace trends emerging. Continuing from the hybrid trends of last year, we see our relationship with the workplace is more about benefiting the employee’s wellbeing and the changing office relations. Five key workplace trends have emerged; here’s what we’ve seen so far:
1. Hybrid Working Conditions
We can predict that hybrid work is here to stay from the trends we’ve seen. A study done by Accenture has shown that 83 per cent of workers prefer the hybrid work model and an increase in companies adopting the “work from anywhere” workplace model. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen a positive response to remote working, with the majority of the workforce still being happy with flexible working conditions.
The most significant change here hasn’t happened in the offices – but in peoples’ minds. WFH models used to be viewed as a high-level perk; it has become the norm to achieve a work/life balance. As we head further into 2022, it’s essential to no longer treat flexible work as a novelty but an expected working trait.
2. Changing office relations
To understand the change in our relationship with the office, we must look at the demand for flexible work. This desire for flexibility has been backed up by research done by Hubble that showed since February 2020, 86 per cent of their workers have reported wanting to work somewhere other than their office for at least one day a week.
Tushar Agarwal, CEO and co-founder of Hubble, stated that “by not being tied into a strict, long-term contract, employers can retain flexibility in their strategy and better allocate their workplace budget to address employees’ needs.”
3. More benefits
We now know that employee wellbeing is no longer a benefit – it’s a requirement. It’s an opportunity for employers to support their employees in all aspects of their personal and work lives.
In 2022 we’re seeing a separation of office perks and the physical office. Benefits are no longer linked to the buildings we work in. People want discounts for hobbies, work less, travel more, and more recognition for their success. Offerings surrounding wellbeing and mental health benefits can also help support them in their role.
4. The ‘Great Resignation’
A Microsoft study showed that of 30,000 global employees surveyed, 41 per cent were considering quitting or switching professions. This is a result of high-wage occupations rising and low-wage jobs declining. This will influence how you hire and train new employees for the next decade. Current employees will need retraining for emerging skills to progress through the competitive job market.
To build a new workforce in the post-pandemic work scape, you’ll need to focus less on the role itself and more on the skills necessary to drive the organisation’s competitive advantage. Encourage employees to develop and learn these critical skills that could open up multiple opportunities for their career development. This offers greater career development support for employees in critical roles who may lack those skills.
5. Employee wellbeing
Recent KPMG Research showed that 94 per cent of employees were feeling stressed, with fears over financial and job security. The good news is that more mental health benefits and support are offered to employees worldwide. This trend will likely continue throughout the next decade.
This trend is restructuring priorities rather than just increasing spending on other benefits. With mental health benefits and support becoming the norm within organisations, employees can focus more on themselves and ensure they’re 100 per cent ready to work. This will likely continue to increase and expand as we continue into 2022.
So far, these are the five main workplace trends we see in 2022. At A1 Office, we believe in employee wellbeing and keeping on top of workplace trends for organisations to consider. For more tips on employee wellbeing and support, sign up for our newsletter here.