5 Work Trends Business Owners Should Focus on in 2022

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1. Flexibility

Since the pandemic began, we’ve been hearing it said that flexible working is here to stay. But if you want to engage, motivate, and inspire your team, it’s not just flexibility they need but your awareness that one size does not fit all, even where flexibility is concerned. Introducing a system where employees are required to work 

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from the office three days a week might work for some, but not for others.  Or moving to a full-time work-from-home model might be fantastic for some, but not for others.  Everyone has different needs, so in 2022 you should listen to employees’ voices and individually determine which 

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flex model is best for their goals. It’s about truly listening, then adapting, accommodating, and changing.

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2. Focus on compassion

Caring about your employees’ well-being should be an absolute priority, not only for basic goodness but for worker retention.  Being empathetic, understanding, and open about the issues affecting employees’ working lives is fundamental to being a great leader.  Ultimately, making deeper, more 

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meaningful connections at work will make the environment a place where employees thrive. In turn, productivity and creativity increase. It’s a win-win.

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3. An increase in transparency

Workplace transparency increases employee engagement and promotes trust between leadership and the workforce.  Yet, more than ever, employees are being left in the dark. Leaders should pursue a more collaborative approach if they want team engagement to be high in 2022 and beyond. Employees want to be involved 

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 in the conversations and decisions that affect workflow and direction. Being transparent won’t always be easy. Being honest about falling profits, impending layoffs, or company takeovers can be challenging.  But an organization that creates openness between managers and employees will 

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thrive. When you have an entire workforce that feels seen and heard, you’ll have a team inspired to want to do better.

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4. Worker expansion

As millions of US workers leave the corporate world, the ones sticking it out are taking on more than they signed up for.  Those left in offices have seen their workload slowly but surely increase, and their responsibilities have grown without any salary increase.  To reduce burnout, find creative ways to lessen the pressure on 

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 current employees, and focus on hiring replacements for those who have left, so your teams can work effectively and the company can reach its goals.

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5. Prioritizing purpose

Have a clearly defined mission and vision for your company, and don’t just keep it in writing—speak it and live it, and you’ll have a much better chance of your employees staying with you for the long haul. This isn’t just about making a better workplace. It’s about making a better world, which is what the workforce is signaling it wants.

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