Top 5 Hybrid Workplace Trends for 2022

Top 5 Hybrid Workplace Trends for 2022

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1: People and Purpose-First Approach

Because it was necessary to adopt a remote-first or a hybrid work model due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most decisions were made for safety and health reasons.  However, the main reason employees want to continue to adopt flexible working arrangements in 2022 is not only because of safety concerns.

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1: People and Purpose-First Approach

That's why we will continue to see hybrid workplace trends that have the people and purpose-first approach.  These initiatives include: – Customized health and wellness programs that go beyond providing gym memberships – Creating awareness around mental health and building support systems

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1: People and Purpose-First Approach

– Providing programs and causes that employees support, such as climate change These initiatives will continue to grow as people seek more meaning and purpose in their jobs

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2: Creating Creative Spaces and Systems for Collaboration

Companies will continue to create more creative spaces and systems for collaboration. While online collaboration is easy and innovative, it doesn't replace the experience of an in-person brainstorming session. This is especially critical for highly creative roles and companies, such as design and architecture firms.

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2: Creating Creative Spaces and Systems for Collaboration

Additionally, Microsoft's 2021 Work Trend Index found that 73% of employees want greater freedom with how they spend their time at work while 67 percent feel like having face-to-face conversations can help solve problems more effectively than emails or text messages alone would do! These trends of focusing on people, purpose, and 

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2: Creating Creative Spaces and Systems for Collaboration

collaboration are mostly dependent on company culture and leadership styles. What about trends that are more clinical and tactical?

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3: Investing in Improving Remote Work Spaces

In 2022, the office administration should invest in improving remote work spaces. Many employees are now working remotely, but they don't have the most efficient setup. In Microsoft's 2021 Work Trend Index: "42 percent of employees say they lack essential equipment, such as a good headset and stable internet connection. Yet, over 

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3: Investing in Improving Remote Work Spaces

46 percent say their employer does not help them with remote work expenses."

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4: More Countries Are Creating or Updating Legislation on Flexible Work Policies

The number of countries with legislation on flexible work has increased and will continue to rise in 2022.  According to Flexjobs.com: “Despite these assumptions around flexible work, it is evident that countries all around the world, as well as the United States, are making real efforts to lessen the burden on individuals and families and are 

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4: More Countries Are Creating or Updating Legislation on Flexible Work Policies

adopting more progressive flexible work benefits.” The UK had flexible working legislation since 1996 for parents, but have since updated it in 2014 to include all employees. Other countries, such as Malaysia are putting together their own clear and specific guidelines to help and encourage more companies to adopt a hybrid workforce.

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5: Metaverse May Be the Future of Work

The metaverse is not a digital workplace trend that will be implemented in 2022, but we will hear more practical applications from early adopters. Augmented reality is already making waves with companies like Oculus, Magic Leap, and Microsoft HoloLens bringing their take on how we can use these augmented realities for 

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5: Metaverse May Be the Future of Work

productivity tools while also maintaining a realistic view of what’s around us. According to ComputerWeekly.com: "Creating an immersive experience for remote and office-based workers could improve the employee experience and level the playing field across those physically working in the office and those working from home."

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5: Metaverse May Be the Future of Work

As new technologies continue to make artificial intelligence more advanced, some believe the future of work will be in virtual worlds not too far down the line.

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