The 5 Biggest Workplace Trends In 2022

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1. Hybrid working

When it comes to where we work, there will continue to be three main models – centralized workplaces, decentralized remote organizations, and the hybrid “best of both worlds” approach. What’s likely to change in 2022 is that it’s more likely that we, as workers, will have the choice rather than being forced to align with whatever model your 

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1. Hybrid working

organization has chosen out of necessity. Hybrid structures will range from companies maintaining permanent centralized offices with hot-desking to accommodate the fact that staff will more frequently work remotely, to doing away with offices entirely and relying on co-working spaces and serviced meeting rooms to 

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1. Hybrid working

support the needs of a primarily remote workforce.

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2. AI-augmented workforce

The World Economic Forum predicts that AI and automation will lead to the creation of 97 million new jobs by 2025.  However, people working in many existing jobs will also find their roles changing,  as they are increasingly expected to augment their own abilities with AI technology.  Initially, this AI will primarily be 

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used to automate repetitive elements of their day-to-day roles and allow workers to focus on areas that require a more human touch – creativity, imagination, high-level strategy, or emotional intelligence, for example.

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3. Staffing for resilience

 Ensuring a workforce is healthy enough to keep a business running is clearly a critical element of resilience, but it also covers the implementation of processes that are more flexible, with built-in redundancies to provide cover when disaster strikes, resulting in operational efficiency becoming compromised.  These processes are sure to 

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play an increasingly big part in the day-to-day lives of workers as we move through 2022.

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4. Less focus on roles, more focus on skills

From the worker’s point of view, focusing on developing their skills, rather than further developing their abilities to carry out their role, leaves them better positioned to capitalize on new career opportunities.  This shift in focus from roles to skills is likely to be a key trend for both organizations and workers during 2022.  

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5. Employee monitoring and analytics

Controversial though it may be, research shows that employers are increasingly investing in technology designed to monitor and track the behavior of their employees in order to drive efficiency.  Platforms such as Aware that allow businesses to monitor behavior across email and tools such as Slack in order to measure productivity, are being 

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seen as particularly useful by managers overseeing remote workforces.

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