9 REMOTE WORK TRENDS TO EXPECT IN 2022 AND BEYOND

9 REMOTE WORK TRENDS TO EXPECT IN 2022 AND BEYOND

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1. THE RISE OF THE HYBRID WORKFORCE

More and more companies are realizing the benefits of a hybrid workforce — a mix of remote and in-office employees.  With the right tools and policies in place, a hybrid workforce can be just as productive as an all-remote or all-in-office setup.  Hybrid workplaces are also more flexible, which can be a 

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1. THE RISE OF THE HYBRID WORKFORCE

key advantage in the ever-changing world of work.

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2. THE PROLIFERATION OF DIGITAL NOMADS

As travel restrictions ease and more companies adopt remote-friendly policies, the number of digital nomads is likely to skyrocket.  Digital nomads are individuals who work from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a reliable internet connection.  They often travel to different countries and work from coffee 

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2. THE PROLIFERATION OF DIGITAL NOMADS

shops, co-working spaces, or their own homes. In the past, digital nomads consisted largely of individuals in the tech and creative industries.  But in the coming years, we’re likely to see a wider range of professionals — from almost every industry — taking advantage of the freedom and flexibility that remote work offers.

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3. THE TRADITIONAL WORKFORCE WILL BECOME MORE DIVERSE

The sharp increase in remote work opportunities is great news for anyone looking for a more flexible work arrangement, and it’s also slowly chipping away at the traditional idea that every employee must be in an office setting from 9 to 5.  This shift has made the workforce more friendly to traditionally underrepresented 

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3. THE TRADITIONAL WORKFORCE WILL BECOME MORE DIVERSE

groups such as working moms and those with disabilities.  In the coming years, we can expect to see even more diversity in the traditional workforce as remote work becomes more accepted and widespread.

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4. THE WORLD IS BECOMING LESS OF A “9-TO-5” SOCIETY

In the past, the traditional workplace was pretty standard: Employees would work from 9 to 5 in an office setting, and that was about it.  But with advances in communication technologies, that’s no longer the case.  The workforce is becoming more dispersed, more diverse, and more flexible, and as a 

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4. THE WORLD IS BECOMING LESS OF A “9-TO-5” SOCIETY

result, the lines between our personal and professional lives are blurring more than ever before.

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5. THE GIG ECONOMY WILL CONTINUE TO GROW

With more and more people choosing to freelance or work on a contract basis, the gig economy is only going to continue to grow.  This trend is especially prevalent among millennials, who are often looking for more flexibility and variety in their work lives.  The gig economy is also a great 

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5. THE GIG ECONOMY WILL CONTINUE TO GROW

option for those who want to work from home or travel the world while earning an income.

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6. JOB ROLES WILL BECOME MORE SPECIALIZED

As the world of work becomes more complex and specialized, job roles are becoming more specialized as well.  In the coming years, we can expect to see an increase in roles that require specific skills and knowledge, such as data analysis, SEO marketing, and social media management.  This trend will make it even 

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more important for employees to keep up with the latest trends and technologies in their respective fields.

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7. TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS WILL BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

In an age where job roles are becoming more specialized and the workforce is becoming more diverse, training and development programs will be more important than ever.  Employees will need to be constantly learning new skills and keeping up with the latest trends in their fields if they want to stay ahead of the competition

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8. EMPLOYERS WILL PLACE GREATER EMPHASIS ON EMPLOYEE WELLBEING

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent Great Resignation has made one thing abundantly clear: employee wellbeing is quickly becoming one of the most important factors when it comes to job satisfaction and employee retention.  This is likely to be a long-term trend, as employers realize that a happy and healthy workforce is a productive workforce.

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8. EMPLOYERS WILL PLACE GREATER EMPHASIS ON EMPLOYEE WELLBEING

In the coming years, we can expect to see more employers offering wellness programs, flexible work arrangements, and mental health support.

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9. HR AND TALENT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES WILL EVOLVE

As the workforce becomes more dispersed and diverse, HR and talent management practices will need to evolve in order to keep up.  Employers will need to find new ways to assess candidates’ qualifications, identify top talent, and keep track of employee performance.  In addition, employers will need 

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9. HR AND TALENT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES WILL EVOLVE

to develop new strategies for onboarding and retention in order to keep their best employees from leaving.

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