The answer to the question in the title of this article would be beneficial to thousands (if not millions) of Human Resources professionals around the world. That’s why we searched for six emerging HR trends and compiled them into the list below – after being inspired by this article. Let the information soak in and make sure to take advantage of these trends in 2022!
1. The Hybrid Work Model Is Here to Stay
This year, and most likely also in the years to come, many workers will still have the option to work (partially) from home if their position allows it. Providing as much workplace flexibility as possible has proved to be one of the best methods to achieve a high level of employee satisfaction. Combine that with the amount of money that can be saved (due to lower overhead costs for example) and you will understand why this trend is staying.
2. Also Here to Stay: High Turnover Rates
Before the pandemic turnover within organizations was lower than nowadays and it’s expected that this won’t change in the foreseeable future. People that are looking for work are in a luxury position since job openings greatly exceed the number of job seekers. So, expect it to become even more difficult to hire new talent this year.
3. Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Gen Z Will Join Forces
In 2022 it will become more apparent than ever that four generations - Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Gen Z – are now joining each other in the workplace. With that, there will be noticeable differences between these generations and it will be HR’s task to unite the groups. But it’s not all challenging; something that’s been dubbed ‘reverse mentorship’ can take place. Meaning that younger and older employees will help each other to come to new insights. This can be profitable for future workforces.
4. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Will Remain Important Topics
It’s said that there will be a bigger demand from society to recognize the lack of representation in leadership and management. And that companies that are diverse at the upper levels will be more profitable and enjoy a greater market value compared to companies that are not. A more productive workforce will also be one of the effects of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
5. The Wellness of Employees Will Be Held to High Standards
The global pandemic showed all of us the importance of both mental and physical health. Stress? We don’t want that! Not in the workplace, but also not outside of working hours. It’s being said that in 2022 employers will strive to support their workers in upkeeping their well-being more than ever before. That means it will be up to HR to provide employees with the proper tools to relieve stress, address mental health issues and prevent burnout. Are you wondering how to do that exactly? You can always contact us for advice.
6. Technology Is Taking the Lead
Gaps are starting to appear between the organizations that make use of the latest technologies and those that don’t. By some, AI applications are being used to recruit new talent and to ease the onboarding process. On the simpler end of the spectrum you have job sites that are being utilized in the search for new colleagues etc. Technology is everywhere when it comes to Human Resources, and it’s said that HR leaders who stay up-to-date are most successful when it comes to attracting and retaining talent.