What Will Employees Expect from the Workplace in 2022

The workplace perspective has changed drastically over the past two years. It can be said that business owners used this year to adjust to these changes, embracing the ideas of fully remote or hybrid work, trying to meet employees’ needs for increased flexibility and autonomy.

The workplace is expected to evolve further in 2022, influenced by the upcoming Gen Z entering the workforce, bringing fresh perspectives. Gen Z employees, as native tech-savvies, are used to relying on advanced digital solutions to tackle different issues. 

According to one study, 68% of them think that efficient employee productivity platforms, like employee tracking software, may enhance communication within teams, reveal opportunities for professional training, and contribute to a culture focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. On the other hand, 86% of them stated that they have already experienced discrimination at the workplace.

So if we let the voice of Gen-Z be heard in 2022, the focus should be on the way we use technology at the workplace, address the issues of discrimination and abuse and respond to significant social and political issues.

Increased Importance of Employee Relations 

If you want to tackle the issue of Great Resignation that came in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, you need to focus on strengthening employee relations (ER). By doing this, you’ll create transparent, equal-opportunities-for-all workplaces.

The Great Resignation has made it more difficult for businesses to attract and retain top-quality talent. So, you need to make an extra effort to show your employees that they’ll be respected and appreciated, delivering on the promises you’ve made. 

If you want to keep pace with the irreversible workplace changes caused by the pandemic restrictions, you need to implement advanced ER technology. In this way, you’ll ensure open and seamless communication, gain significant insights into productivity and take necessary steps to meet employees’ needs.

Another study shows that 34% of companies that didn’t include ER technology solutions in their workflow may need to do so in 2022 to gain proactive, data-based insights into their employees’ performance.

By analyzing this data, you’ll be able to offer additional training, improve diversity and inclusion policies,  providing much-needed transparency.

The Next Level Employee Benefits and Company Culture

Leaders of the future need to put their company brand in the limelight if they want to attract and retain a productive workforce devoted to achieving significant business goals. You can do this by communicating desirable benefits and perks fostering supportive and transparent culture.

Branding your company may be a demanding task, requiring you to hire a Head of Employer Brand that will efficiently promote the company’s culture and vision.

Make sure that you deliver on all these benefits and values mentioned in the job interview. This way, you’ll build strong devoted, hard-working teams and tackle the Great Resignation issue effectively.

Leaders Highly Adaptable to The Future of Workplace

Prepandemic statistics show that almost 60% of business leaders have never had training on managing employees. With the global transfer to the remote work model, this number may have increased over the past two years. 

This is why additional training for managers should be a top priority, especially for those leading remote teams. Remote team leaders need to become more attentive to employees’ needs, creating optimal digital workspaces, making sure that they stay productive and engaged.

Therefore if you want to become a successful future leader, try starting from scratch. Learn how to communicate openly, ask frequent questions, and listen carefully to employees’ feedback.

You also need to learn from experience, devising innovative solutions and relying on advanced technology to provide you with in-depth insight on employees’ performance and engagement.

Besides all this, make sure to recognize the great effort and admirable achievements whenever you gain an opportunity to do so. In this way you may turn the era of the Great Resignation into the period of Great Appreciation, making your employees proud of their work and contribution to shared vision and goals.