Top 8 Workplace Trends For 2022

Top 8 Workplace Trends For 2022

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1. Flexible is the new normal

The move towards activity-based working has been growing for a very long time. To be effective in catering to ever-changing needs, it is key the physical workplace remains modular and flexible, one which can be physically reconfigured; either by space managers or by the users themselves.  A team space can be created from solo seats, meeting rooms 

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1. Flexible is the new normal

can reconfigure into private offices as daily activities change from intense brainstorming to heads-down work, all seamlessly facilitated by systems with built-in flexibility.

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2. Universal Design for an Inclusive Workplace

In 2022, we expect to see a rise in purpose-led organizations, with more collaboration, and empowerment no matter your background, experience, gender, or race.  Organizations will need to address the issues of “invisible people and unheard voices” to unlock the true power and potential of a universal design. Harnessing the collaborative 

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2. Universal Design for an Inclusive Workplace

power of diverse teams takes some doing. Companies have a lot to gain by becoming more “we” than “me”.  Research shows that diverse and inclusive teams are better at solving complex problems, are more innovative and make better decisions 87% of the time.

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3. Sustainable Design

Sustainability is a current trend, but it’s important to note it’s more than a trend and is here to stay.  The importance of sustainability has grown for companies across all different sizes, sectors, and regions for some time, and there has been some good movements towards a greener society over the last couple of years, but 

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people don’t want to lose this momentum. Companies are also feeling pressure from their customers and their competitors to become more sustainable, yet at the same time, they acknowledge that sustainability is a growth driver. In fact, sustainability is cited as the fourth biggest growth driver among companies looking to expand.

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4. AI and Augmented Reality in the Workplace

AI is looking to become increasingly common in our everyday lives; augmented analytics for high-level strategy, AI and Augmented systems for collaboration with distributed teams and remote colleagues, and as a way to communicate with customers and clients.  This could be, perhaps less face-to-face meetings so virtual tours, AR product 

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4. AI and Augmented Reality in the Workplace

demonstrations, and even AR meetings in virtual spaces will be useful tools to assist with collaboration and demonstrations.

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5. Office Perks Grow Up

SCUBA course and botox perks are being replaced with shopping perks, health benefits and insurances.  With top perks being: employee discounts (shopping / eating out / etc), greater holiday, at home entertainment (Netflix etc), and insurances and health care policies. Employees crave more well-being and mental health benefits or support at work!

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6. Employees Become ‘Customers’ of the Workplace - Caring for Staff and Supporting their Wellbeing Needs

A trend that’s started going in the right direction and should continue to do so in 2022.  Planning for ways that employees can adjust and adapt to the changing and evolving environment easily, whilst still maintaining productivity is key for staff retention and attracting new talent. The one thing people have missed whilst being at 

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6. Employees Become ‘Customers’ of the Workplace - Caring for Staff and Supporting their Wellbeing Needs

home is the sense of community, networking, relationship building and socialising you experience with your colleagues.  However, with the workforce having more choice in where and how they work, workplaces are having to ‘compete’ with the home office- a first for many companies.

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7. Co-Working and Embracing Community

Corporations will struggle with their identity as their workers have changed the game and aren’t easily engaged. It was already hard to build culture, but it will be even more challenging when you can’t gather your workers in one place.  Smart coworking spaces will pick up the slack and focus on providing a culture and 

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7. Co-Working and Embracing Community

community for their teams. Babysitting, podcast rooms, rooftop gardens, meditation rooms are amongst some of the key amenities that people want.  Well-being and health is a key focus, and a workplace that can offer this will be even more important in 2022, but offering that alongside satisfying a social craving will be appealing 

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to most people in the modern workforce.

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8. ‘Boundary-Less’ Hybrid work styles

Depending on where you are in the world, work from home may have gone from order to option, back to order, back to choice.  It’s been a turbulent couple of years from that perspective! Boundary-less simply means you can work anywhere, something that many of us have experienced in recent months. Hybrid, hub and spoke, flexible, coworking – all of 

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8. ‘Boundary-Less’ Hybrid work styles

these are boundary-less hybrid working styles.  Offering employees the choice of moving between spaces and places, choice in seating and desk locations, offering task-based working is important in talent attraction. Employees want what’s important to them, to be cared about and they want a healthy space to perform their duties.

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