Workplace culture trends for 2022

Workplace culture trends for 2022

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1. Increase in remote and hybrid work arrangements

Companies forced employees to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic for health and safety reasons.  As companies look into opening offices again, a recent Gallup report says there will be a reduction of about 37% in regard to people returning to a physical office full time. This is because more employees now understand the benefits of 

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1. Increase in remote and hybrid work arrangements

working from home. Because of this, companies are now looking into adopting flexible work arrangements moving forward.  Many are considering a move into either a fully remote or a hybrid work model, which sees employees working some days remotely in the week and at a physical office on others.

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1. Increase in remote and hybrid work arrangements

Other companies have started offering flexible work hours in a bid to keep employees engaged and stay competitive for new hires during the Great Resignation.  It also shows how companies care for their employees’ health and well-being post-pandemic.

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2. Demand for more employee recognition and transparency

Recent McKinsey research on the Great Resignation has found that 54% of employees who quit felt that their employers didn’t value them.  This shows how recognizing the work done by employees can go a long way in boosting employee morale and motivation. HR leaders and managers can 

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2. Demand for more employee recognition and transparency

give recognition in many ways, such as offering a small token of appreciation, a shout-out during meetings or emails, or even a quick snack party in the pantry or a virtual lunch out.

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3. Transparency and open communication in the workplace

In relation to feeling appreciated and recognized in the organization, employees are looking for transparency and honesty in the workplace.  Workplace transparency is clear and open communication between employees and the company. When there is open communication between the two, employees feel appreciated enough to share 

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3.  Transparency and open communication in the workplace

relevant information and safe enough to voice opinions and ideas. In addition, having open communication with employees helps companies collect feedback easier and are ensured that the information collected is honest.

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4. Employee growth and development opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen more people explore new or more challenging roles, which usually require new or updated skills and knowledge. Companies can create a healthy culture by investing in their employee's growth and development by providing educational resources for upskilling and reskilling. Creating new 

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4. Employee growth and development opportunities

promotional opportunities in the workplace also allows employees to stay challenged and apply their expertise.

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5. Improvement on digital tools

Technology continues to grow over time and should be embraced in the workplace.  When technology is properly integrated with a company’s workplace culture, it can significantly improve the organization's operations and communications, leading to higher productivity and employee engagement. Providing relevant applications 

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5. Improvement on digital tools

and equipment for employees to do their work attracts new talent, especially Gen Z applicants who are tech-savvy and rely heavily on the internet and social media.

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6. Growth of a diverse and inclusive workforce

The demand for a diverse workforce has been increasing as more people grow aware of the need for inclusivity and equality.  Having diversity in the workplace can offer fresh perspectives and opinions for different situations.   Cultivating an inclusive workforce makes employees 

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6. Growth of a diverse and inclusive workforce

feel safe and comfortable to be themselves, which increases employee engagement and satisfaction. With all the recent issues on racial profiling and discrimination, hiring managers should practice bias-free hiring and not judge an applicant’s credibility based on their demographic such as gender, race, religion, and ethnicity.

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