2022 is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about how your company will align its internal goals with emerging HR trends. As a result of the COVID pandemic, these goals and trends look very different than they did a few years ago. In this article, we’ll talk you through the main trends to look out for in 2022 and how they might affect your business.
Upskilling the Workforce
As technology advances, some skills (especially those that can be easily automated) become obsolete and the need for new skills emerges. By continually investing in upskilling your workforce, you can better prepare for the next few years.
Upgrading your employees’ skills is not only a smart financial decision but a good way to show your employees that you are invested in their achievements and mobility at your company. Did you know that 82% of employees feel that their managers don’t value their work enough? Creating an environment where employees are encouraged to learn new skills and rewarded for their efforts helps with company morale and retention rates.
Structural and Organizational Change
As a result of the pandemic, many workplaces have undergone major transformations. Workers have endured hybrid work from home/in-person setups, changes in team structure, high turnover rates, and much more on top of general pandemic stress and anxiety. As a result, many employees are suffering from change fatigue.
With this in mind, it’s more critical than ever to find ways to make any upcoming organizational changes as smooth as possible for your employees. Here are several key considerations to keep in mind:
- Prioritize team cohesion. This will help build the necessary trust among your employees. The more your team bonds in general, the better they will work, and whether change together.
- Empower employees. Don’t just take ideas from those in management or high-up positions — ask your employees to help you find and address pain points.
- Encourage collaboration. Involving more employees in organizational projects will help everyone see the bigger picture and the importance of structural change.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
In a survey of over 500 HR leaders from industries all over the world, 25% list DEI as their number one priority moving into 2022. Suppliers, employees, and consumers all want to know where a company stands when it comes to DEI. As a result, more companies than ever are taking firm political stances in order to attract the best possible talent. These companies succeed in part due to the different perspectives and knowledge their team members bring to the table.
Data-Driven and Automated Recruitment
Right now, HR analytics are more powerful than ever. Now, recruiters can use this data to track measures like:
- Turnover rate
- Offer acceptance rate
- Revenue per employee
According to a CareerBuilder survey, 72% of employers expect that many talent acquisition roles will be fully automated by 2027. Consider how you can better harness technology to find and interview new candidates.
As we move towards the new year, consider how you can implement these trends successfully. Understanding trends will help you find and retain top talent in the coming year.