7 Fun Workplace Trends for 2022

7 Fun Workplace Trends for 2022

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1. Fun topical Slack channels

With over 10 million daily active users, there’s a good chance your business already uses Slack. If you don’t, the price for small businesses is about $7.00 per user per month.  Slack is a great internal communication tool that also allows you to create topic-specific channels. One way to keep your office fun is by creating channels for your 

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1. Fun topical Slack channels

employees to discuss non-work related topics.   Some ideas to get you started include creating channels for sharing music, cooking and recipe ideas, pictures of furry colleagues, pictures of thriving plants, and favorite at-home workouts.

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2. Encourage employee recognition and appreciation

Recognizing your employees for a job well done is not only good for morale, but for productivity and retention:  Productivity and engagement is 14% higher in companies that acknowledge good work, and turnover is reduced by 31%. Appreciation can be shown by providing your employees with more leadership opportunities, rewarding specific behavior 

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2. Encourage employee recognition and appreciation

publicly, and implementing peer-to-peer recognition.  Make 2022 the year you recognize and appreciate your people frequently and personally.

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3. Give time off to volunteer in communities

One growing perk is providing days off for your employees to give back to their communities. Not only is it good for your community, but studies have shown doing volunteer work makes workers more productive and engaged.  Other studies have shown that companies who offer volunteer programs are more appealing to job seekers.

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3. Give time off to volunteer in communities

There are a few ways to go about this. One way is to provide days off specifically to use on volunteer work.  Another way is to close the office a few days per year for the purpose of everyone pausing their work to give back to the community.

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4. Create a welcoming physical space

If your company will have a hybrid arrangement, a welcoming space can encourage the right type of innovation. Now more than ever, people have the expectation that being in the office will facilitate collaboration.  Some spaces should have an open seating plan to encourage working together, while other 

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4. Create a welcoming physical space

areas should allow for individual focus. In one BambooHR report, respondents said they spent 32% more when working from the office on food, snacks, and coffee.  Providing these items could help ease this financial stress that remote workers aren’t feeling in the same way.

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5. Host virtual cooking classes

Cooking and baking became a top activity during lockdown, and 70% of people intend on keeping this trend going. One remote-friendly activity is to host a virtual cooking course.  Many cooking academies are now prepared to host virtual corporate events. Some even send an ingredient kit to employees ahead of time. You could also reach out to a 

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5. Host virtual cooking classes

popular restaurant in your city and see if they host corporate cooking lessons (and support a local business)!

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6. Create book clubs, TV show discussions, or hobby groups

With a diverse workforce, you’re sure to have groups of people with similar interests and hobbies.  Employees don’t (and shouldn’t) always be discussing work! In fact, friendships at work are important for productivity, and help maintain a strong company culture. Moreover, 40% of respondents in one LinkedIn study found

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6. Create book clubs, TV show discussions, or hobby groups

that colleagues and culture was their top priority when picking a new job. Hosting book clubs or TV show clubs can help employees meet people outside of their department, and help new recruits meet like-minded people. These clubs could discuss a monthly book, a weekly episode of a TV show, or collect employees around a 

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6. Create book clubs, TV show discussions, or hobby groups

similar interest. Some examples include knitting, crafts, or Dungeons & Dragons.

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7. Make wellness a top priority

Wellness and employment now go hand in hand: One MIT study found that companies with a wellness program were able to improve employee loyalty by 79%.  Encouraging wellness comes in many forms, but the general idea is that you should care about your people’s overall health. If your small company can’t afford a health care plan, 

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7. Make wellness a top priority

there are more cost-effective ways to encourage wellness. This could mean hosting virtual yoga classes, or encouraging employees to take their vacation days. If you have the budget, you could also make meditation apps (e.g. Headspace) available to your workers, like Salesforce did. People come to the office (or log in) expecting to be cared 

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7. Make wellness a top priority

for, appreciated, and recognized.  They also expect to have fun! We’ve collectively been through a difficult pandemic together, and spent most of our days connected to our colleagues and managers.

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