Top 5 HR Trends and Priorities for 2022

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1. Hybrid work is driving business transformation

A vast majority of HR leaders (95%) expect that at least some of their employees will work remotely after the pandemic.  This shift to hybrid work will be a massive driver of transformation and one HR leaders must be prepared to support.

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2. More and new skills are needed

The total number of skills required for a single job is increasing at 6.3% annually, and new skills are replacing old ones.  Twenty-nine percent of the skills that were present in an average job posting in 2018 will be obsolete by 2022.

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3. Workforce health is being eroded

Employee performance stayed high during the pandemic, but disruptions have already made long-term and hard-to-reverse impacts on workforce health — that is, the health of employees, the state of trust between individuals, teams and leadership, and the work environment (e.g., feelings of inclusion). Ineffective approaches to hybrid work will only exacerbate these impacts.

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4. Employees want to feel understood and valued

HR leaders need to build a more human employer-employee relationship and employment deal to meet employees’ demands to be heard and valued.  All HR leaders across HR subfunctions have a role to play in ensuring the EVP holistically centers employees as people.

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5. Mounting pressure on diversity, equity and inclusion

Along with expectations of greater empathy and a more human work environment, there is increasing pressure to improve equity and inclusion within organizations.  In particular, there is mounting pressure from all of HR’s stakeholders — internally and externally — to make real progress on diversifying leadership.

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