5 employee experience trends for small businesses in 2022

5 employee experience trends for small businesses in 2022

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1. Employees will still expect remote and hybrid work options

Employees have come to enjoy the flexibility that remote work has given them.  And for those that need in-person collaboration, a hybrid work model with some days of in-office work and the rest of the days remote has been a solid solution. One of the perks for remote and hybrid work is all the time freed 

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1. Employees will still expect remote and hybrid work options

up from commuting to the office—some saving several hours a week that would have been spent in a car or public transportation.  Businesses have also benefited by saving on smaller office spaces or eliminating their office. Although remote or hybrid work isn’t a perfect fit for many 

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1. Employees will still expect remote and hybrid work options

industries and businesses—it’s not realistic for a bartender or a plumber to work from home—it’s still possible for many small businesses.   To get started, employees need to be able to take their work with them.  There are lots of cloud communications software options out there that can help 

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1. Employees will still expect remote and hybrid work options

any size business get their remote and hybrid workforce connected.

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2. Employees will need more human connection

One problem that stems from remote and hybrid work is the lack of human connection.  It has been well documented for years that humans need social interaction for their mental and physical health. For companies with a full remote workforce, connecting with coworkers can be difficult but not impossible. To establish 

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2. Employees will need more human connection

human connections, you need to, well, act human. In team video meetings, you don’t need to get straight into business talk. Start off your meetings with a fun prompt like “What was your favorite food growing up?” or “If you had a superpower, what would it be?” This will allow your team members to speak up and get to know each other. 

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3. Employees will seek better work-life balance

Although more employees are working from home or remotely, it doesn’t mean that their work-life balance has improved. In many cases, the boundary between work and home life has been blurred.  Creating a good work-life balance for your employees requires a culture change for many small businesses. Business owners and 

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3. Employees will seek better work-life balance

managers can start setting an example by not contacting employees after business hours.  In return, they would also discourage employees from contacting them once work ends too.

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4. Employee burnout isn’t going away, and it needs to be treated

Burnout among employees has always existed. And this is not just isolated to certain industries or company sizes.  However, the stress from the pandemic has exacerbated the problem. Research found that 53% of workers feel burnt out. Businesses need to look out for their employees since it’s not sustainable or ethical to keep 

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4. Employee burnout isn’t going away, and it needs to be treated

burning out workers. Burnout takes a toll on both physical and mental health. Burnout can be caused by many factors. For your business to start healing burnout, you need to find what the causes are by getting honest feedback from your employees. You can use an anonymous survey or hold one-on-one video meetings to see 

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4. Employee burnout isn’t going away, and it needs to be treated

how you can improve employee sentiment.

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5. Internal employee development will be key

With many workers leaving companies and small businesses struggling to fill open positions, what can you do to keep the employees you have? Train your employees with new skills and promote from within. Talk to your employees one-on-one and see what skills they are interested in learning that could help your business. Also see 

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5. Internal employee development will be key

what skills they are lacking that can help them with their current jobs. Get to know what their career aspirations are. After getting feedback from your employees, figure out a way to provide the training to them. Also, think about your employees’ career paths.

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