7 Workplace Trends to Look Out for in 2022

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1. Where we will work: Hybrid and remote-first

As 2021 proved to businesses that tech employees could be trusted to work remotely, it also showed that the majority of workers want to hold onto that.  Quite simply, the benefits to their life (for example no commuting time) far outweighed the negative aspects such as a lack of genuine connection with their colleagues.

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1. Where we will work: Hybrid and remote-first

Just as the number of remote-first companies (such as here at CareerFoundry) have multiplied, even more are opting for a hybrid work model.  Just like the name suggests, hybrid working typically requires employees to spend two or three days per week in an office, with the other two at home.

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2. The Great Resignation is empowering workers

You have probably heard of the great resignation already. In fact, despite first arriving in 2021, “The Great Resignation” now has 1.9 billion results on Google.  This is perhaps the biggest shift to affect the labor market in generations, and it’s an understatement to say that its effect on the workplace in 2022 will be seismic.

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2. The Great Resignation is empowering workers

For career-changers, or those considering taking the leap, this should be heartening.  While you may be worried about increased competition for roles, the opposite is happening, with the balance of power shifting towards the workers themselves.  We’re seeing more and more people switch careers and 

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2. The Great Resignation is empowering workers

make bold career decisions—very encouraging and inspirational if you’re considering a career change of your own.

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3. Employee Experience is an increasing priority for companies

Companies are rightly taking a hard look at what their employees want when it comes to their working environment.  Funnily enough, the answer is a lot more than “as much tea and coffee as you want!”—a common “perk” offered on job ads. For companies looking to hire and retain staff in 2022 and 

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3. Employee Experience is an increasing priority for companies

onwards, ads like that have to be a thing of the past. What was once a tiny part of a HR department’s purview, Employee Experience is set to explode in significance in the next few years.  In fact, an EY survey showed that one in three respondents predicted that employee experience will become the​​ most important aspect of an effective HR strategy in 2022.

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4. Supports for workers working remotely

Another important aspect of working life that a good EX strategy should address is making sure workers are well-equipped for their jobs.  If employees are being expected to work from home even occasionally, they need to have all of the adequate tools for this.

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5. Skills over roles

Overall, in 2022 jobseekers are going to very quickly see a change in how they are perceived.  This is because of a wider change to how work itself is assessed.  The feelings of inadequacy for a lack of “relevant” professional experience are a common fear for those weighing up a new 

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5. Skills over roles

field or role. Having it openly recognized in the industry that it’s your skills that matter more is hugely empowering.  If you’re preparing for a major career change, do some research to find out which skills are most important to your future career.

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6. Multigenerational workforces becoming the norm

We are living in the first era where there’s the potential for a wide range of generations in the same office at the same time.  For management, this may create challenges in the form of working out how to ensure that team members born in the 50s and those born in the 00s gel with each other.

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6. Multigenerational workforces becoming the norm

As we all know already, age is just a number—as well as having nothing to fear, in 2022, workers should be able to expect businesses to be more receptive to your particular needs.

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7. AI will throw up career opportunities

Instead of sentient robots coming to take your job, instead artificial intelligence is starting to create and even help you evolve your career.  More than that though, companies are also using AI to help employees develop their own careers.  The AI tool also helps show which skills still might be 

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7. AI will throw up career opportunities

needed for certain roles, so that employees can direct their professional development.

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