8 Future Workplace Trends for 2022 and Beyond

8 Future Workplace Trends for 2022 and Beyond

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1. Remote and hybrid work

Remote work offers employees benefits like flexible working hours and no commutes.  Employers often see higher rates of productivity from staff, and can also cut overhead expenses via office rental costs.  Plus, remote work allows recruiters to pull from a wider and more diverse candidate pool.

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1. Remote and hybrid work

Organizations initially hesitant to allow employees to work from home now have evidence that virtual offices are practical and sustainable.  Also, as more companies offer remote work options, professionals who want to work from home have more choices. Inflexible employers are likely to see higher turnover rates from aspiring telecommuters.

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2. Virtual team building

During the pandemic, many managers used Zoom for team building when coworkers could not meet in person.  However, with more offices going fully or partially remote, there is a growing need for online team building.  Virtual team building is one of the most quickly growing remote work trends. 

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3. Employee wellness

Workplace wellness trends are more essential than ever. In the coming years, employees are more likely to prioritize self-care, and employers are more likely to invest in programs that spotlight health and wellness.  For example, massages, meditation classes, and stress management life-coaching sessions. Also, services like therapy, and financial literacy workshops.

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4. Flexible Working Hours

Variable working hours is one of the most obvious workplace flexibility trends. While some jobs ask for overlap in schedules, there is often little reason for the entire staff to work identical hours.  This fact seems obvious when you consider that global teams spread across different continents and timezones have worked together for years.

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4. Flexible Working Hours

The 9 to 5 is quickly becoming a relic of the past. A better solution is to make certain blocks of time mandatory to be on-site or on-line, and allow staff to structure the other hours as they please.

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5. Multi-functional workspaces

Within the next few years, companies will minimize office space and make the remaining places of work more flexible and multi-functional.  Also, a rise in rearrangeable work furniture, such as easily-movable tables and chairs. Not to mention, offices are likely to adopt technology like projectors, screens, and electronic whiteboards, and 

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possibly even VR to better accommodate hybrid workforces.

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6. Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are a rising trend, and should not be a passing trend. Every employee deserves a safe and supportive work environment.  The movement has been growing steadily over the past decades and has recently received significant boosts and breakthroughs. Whether these leaps in progress lead to paradigm shifts, or are just part 

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of the current zeitgeist depends on actions moving forward.

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7. Ongoing learning

Gone are the days when folks spent their whole life in a single company, or even a single industry. A competitive job market means that professionals need to stay informed to stay employed and advance their careers. As remote work increases, so does virtual learning. Remote learning is convenient for employers and employees alike. 

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7. Ongoing learning

Online modules and training videos ensure a consistent level of training for employees, and these self-guided courses allow staff to learn on their own schedules and paces.  Digital courses are an easy way to bring continual education to the workforce.

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8. Worker safety

After the mass-health scare that was COVID-19, there is likely to be more emphasis on safety in many workplaces, including white-collar jobs.  There is likely to be a change of attitude in using sick days. In a post-pandemic world, coming to work while sick is more likely to be seen as a liability than a mark of commitment. Workspaces would do well to 

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keep some of the increased safety precautions in place, such as better air filtration systems, plastic dividers, and easy-access sanitizing stations.

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