2022 Workplace Trends and Why Employee Experience Matters

2022 Workplace Trends and Why Employee Experience Matters

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1. The emergence of a hybrid workplace

For a while, Covid prevented professionals from leaving their houses to go to work. Instead, working remotely became the way to do business.  The use of collaborative platforms like Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Teams and others allowed organizations to function virtually while employees worked from the comfort and safety of their homes.

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1. The emergence of a hybrid workplace

As organizations moved back to on-premise operations in 2021, not every employee was willing to go back to the conventional work mode. However, organizations really couldn't complain.  Several businesses reported an increase in the overall productivity of their employees working remotely. Plus, remote working allowed professionals 

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1. The emergence of a hybrid workplace

to maintain a healthy work-life balance. This has given rise to a hybrid workplace — where the team includes employees working remotely and ones working on-site. This is a flexible approach to work that allows employees to come to the office or work from their homes. Some employees may choose to work in the office for a few days and 

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1. The emergence of a hybrid workplace

then remotely on other days. Look for the hybrid workplace trend to become more prevalent in 2022.

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2. Here comes Gen-Z

The younger Gen-Z professionals are all set to enter the corporate world. And just as the approach to work shifted from Gen-X to millennials, it will shift again.  The younger generation has a unique approach and fresh perspective towards work. They aren't willing to work with traditional tools that require more manual effort to get work done. 

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2. Here comes Gen-Z

This generation grew up in the lap of technology and is unaware of a world without seamless digitization. This calls for employers and organizations to change their approach to work and adapt to the latest technological advancements. The new tech-savvy generation is full of ideas and passion, provided that they are given a conducive 

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2. Here comes Gen-Z

environment to work in. The Gen-Z professionals are unwilling to confine themselves to the conventional 9-to-5 work schedule and are more comfortable with the flexible work culture. If this generation is provided with the environment they are looking for, they can help organizations get in tune with the latest trends in the market.

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3. Centralized communication

The emergence of a hybrid workplace increased the need for centralized communication within an organization.  When you have some employees working on-site and others working remotely, you have to make sure everyone is on the same page at all times. While conventional communication tools like emails and phone calls allow 

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3. Centralized communication

your employees to connect, it is crucial to have a centralized communication system.  Those collaborative platforms described earlier — Skype, Zoom, Google Meets, Slack, Microsoft Teams and others — allow professionals to communicate and collaborate with their peers in real-time. From group chats and video calls to sharing important 

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3. Centralized communication

documents, collaborative platforms allow you to centralize communication within an organization.

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4. More focus on work-life balance

Even with the pandemic crisis causing many inconveniences for professionals, working remotely allowed them to maintain a better work-life balance.  It prevented employees from spending extended hours working in the office and being away from their families. Remote working helped them spend more time with their 

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4. More focus on work-life balance

loved ones, even during work hours. Now that the danger of the pandemic has subsided and the conventional approach to work is back, employees have started focusing more on enjoying an ideal work-life balance without sacrificing either of the two aspects of their lives.

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5. More focus on the mental well-being of employees

The pandemic has been a rough patch for professionals worldwide, irrespective of the industry they belong to and the scale at which they operate.  Several skilled and dedicated employees lost their jobs as organizations found it difficult to sustain themselves during the pandemic. In addition, many working remotely exhausted themselves by stretching their 

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5. More focus on the mental well-being of employees

work hours and becoming burned out. These circumstances and more have significantly affected the mental well-being of employees. Now that employees are getting back to work, organizations have focused on providing employees with a stimulating and encouraging work environment. HR professionals 

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5. More focus on the mental well-being of employees

have started taking surveys and providing counseling to employees who need help. Such initiatives have made the corporate world realize the importance of mental health and increasing employee engagement.

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Here are some of the essential workplace trends to look for in 2022.

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