10 Workplace Trends to Expect in 2022

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1. Continuation of the Great Resignation

Workers—especially in the U.S. and U.K.—are quitting their jobs in record numbers.  In the U.S., for instance, 4.2 million workers quit their jobs in October 2021, close to the record high seen in the previous month.  As a result, employee retention is now a top priority for many teams and organizations. What 

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1. Continuation of the Great Resignation

 many are referring to as the “Great Resignation” is expected to continue well into 2022.

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2. Remote and Hybrid Work

We couldn’t talk about emerging workplace trends in 2022 without mentioning remote and hybrid work, largely stemming from the pandemic.  This phenomenon has affected millions of workers worldwide. 

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3. Prioritization of Employee Well-Being

Companies have increasingly been focusing on work-life balance and the mental health of employees—and this will continue into 2022, especially as the pandemic continues leading to more stress and burnout. Prioritizing employee well-being can also include providing additional employee benefits, greater flexibility, sign-on 

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3. Prioritization of Employee Well-Being

bonuses, and an overall positive workplace experience.

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4. Talent Shortages and Reskilling Within Organizations

The skills required in many industries are changing. And nearly 7 in 10 companies globally reported talent shortages and difficulties hiring in 2021, a 15-year high. European companies in particular are struggling to fill open roles. For employers, retraining existing employees to fill internal positions has become one solution.

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4. Talent Shortages and Reskilling Within Organizations

In fact, according to a World Economic Forum report, about 40% of the global workforce will need reskilling of up to six months by 2024.

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5. A Focus on Skills Over Jobs

Leaders recognize that focusing on upskilling employees and career pathing can help their organizations close skills gaps.  This means using a whole new set of tools to identify individual skill sets as opposed to more traditional job grading.

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6. Emphasis on Soft Skills

Soft skills, also referred to as “power skills,” were important prior to the pandemic.  But the need to build relationships virtually and work with reduced oversight has made soft skills in the workplace even more important. In fact, in our 2021 Global Career Impact Survey, many of  

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6. Emphasis on Soft Skills

f  the top skills that respondents identified as upskilling needs within their teams or organizations were soft skills.

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7. Increased Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Efforts

Especially in the U.S., there’s going to be a greater focus on DEI in 2022—with a vast majority of U.S. workers (nearly 80%) already saying they want to work for companies that make DEI a priority, according to the CNBC/SurveyMonkey Workforce Survey.  At the same time, PwC found in its 2021 survey that diversity and inclusion was the No. 1 

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7. Increased Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Efforts

area of focus for businesses to retain and attract talent.

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8. Greater Use of AI and Automation

These were both identified as top upskilling needs within teams and organizations in our 2021 Global Career Impact Survey—and with good reason. Artificial intelligence and automation have transformed the workplace in countless ways.  They’ve improved and expedited internal processes 

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8. Greater Use of AI and Automation

while ensuring consistent output and even increasing employee engagement.

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9. Transformation of HR Using Tech and Data

Going into 2022, more organizations are transforming their human resources departments as they leverage data analytics in direct sourcing and talent acquisition HR workers can also use data to find out why employees are leaving their organizations and stem turnover.  People analytics, or insights 

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9. Transformation of HR Using Tech and Data

derived from data related to workforce talent, are helping employers uncover important information about organization-wide performance and employees’ individual needs.

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10. An Emphasis on Continued Employee Growth

As more leaders prioritize upskilling and reskilling in the workplace, they’re aiming to embed a growth mindset into their organization’s culture.  A growth mindset stems from the belief that you have the capacity to learn and grow. This contrasts with a fixed mindset—a belief that certain qualities of an individual (like talent or intelligence) are innate.

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