2022 workplace wellbeing trends and challenges

2022 workplace wellbeing trends and challenges

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1. Diversity, equality and inclusion

Diversity, equality and inclusion continue to be hot topics following the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements.  However, the trend towards remote, agile and hybrid working emerging as a long-term working arrangement means that behaviour such as discrimination and workplace 

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harassment may go undetected, resulting in an undesired culture, poor performance, harm to employees and potential legal claims against employers. This year could see organisations face higher levels of scrutiny on the success of their DEI initiatives, especially as stakeholders, investors and government focus on

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corporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues.  Employees who are discriminated against or who are bullied in the workplace may take legal action where employers have not done enough to keep them safe.

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2. Health and safety with flexible, agile and/hybrid working

With flexible, agile and hybrid working potentially becoming the 'new normal' and an expectation of employees now in these post-Covid times, organisations must ensure that agile and hybrid workers have access to safe ways of working, assessments of their workstations and activities are undertaken, training and support is provided for a non-work-premises environment or 

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upon returning to a traditional workplace.   Employers should ensure health and safety training is carried out, including homeworker workstation assessments and access to training via online services.

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3. Sustainability and climate

Reducing their carbon footprint by developing more sustainable business practices is an emerging priority for organisations.  Organisations are already finding ways to reduce their impact on the climate, including raising manager and employee awareness, designing more sustainable supply chains, and meeting net-zero targets to   

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reduce their carbon footprint. Environmental policies can support employee wellbeing, too.  Removing toxic materials from the workplace, tackling noise pollution and encouraging clean air policies through switching to electric vehicle fleets can help improve employee health and overall impact on the environment.

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4. Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

Mental health issues are an increasing priority for organisations. Research by the CIPD found that most organisations are taking additional measures to support employee health and wellbeing in response to Covid-19, with an increased focus on mental health.  As employees returning to the workplace, employers must 

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ensure workplaces actively are assessed to understand the impact on employee mental health.  Support via upskilling line managers and providing employee training, access to support services and promoting a culture of tolerance and support for mental health issues can help organisations ensure compliance with health and safety legislation.

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5. Attracting and retaining staff

In 2022, the labour marketing is predicted to become volatile as "The Great Resignation" comes to a head. This shift may leave some organisations in a crisis, but it could be a trend that provides opportunities for organisations to better tailor wellbeing and health support to new employees. Consider effectively onboarding new employees, and provide 

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on-going support and development opportunities for existing employees.  This can help them feel valued, provide mental health resilience in the workplace, and reduce employeeturnover, lowering overall workplace stress for other workers.

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