The rapid changes observed in our world due to the pandemic have since become the foundation of the new normal of work, and HR professionals have had to adapt quickly. Acting as mediators between a turbulent economy and a frustrated, stressed workforce, HR leaders have had to navigate their new role and anticipate how to best serve their organization and employees in 2022.
The route to appreciating the current challenges faced by HR professionals begins with understanding the new normal of work. Not surprisingly, remote/hybrid work is a permanent change in our work world, with nearly half of all working Canadians preferring to do most of their weekly work away from the office.
Another non-surprising truth about our workforce is that many are currently suffering with mental health issues. In fact, roughly one-third of workers report a decrease in their mental health in the past year, and nearly 80 percent said that the pandemic has been a significant source of stress in their lives.
Currently, half of our modern workforce is made up of Millennials (people born between 1981 and 1995ish) with Generation Z starting to enter the workforce (people born after 2001). This segment of the population is motivated very differently from previous generations. For instance, they don’t ‘live to work’, like they watched their parents do, but instead they ‘work to live’, placing more importance on striking a work-life balance. This means they expect things like remote work and flexible schedules as basic must-haves. They also care that their work has meaning and that they’re contributing to the world. Finally, Millennials thrive on constant collaboration and feedback from their supervisors. They want to feel like they’re being mentored, included, and appreciated at work.
Another perhaps surprisingly new normal of work is that today’s organizations are struggling to recruit and retain good workers. In fact, HR professionals rated this as their top challenge in 2022. After listening to the tunes of ‘unemployment rates’ and ‘joblessness’ for decades, the tides have turned, and good workers have more power and control than ever.
Finally, a new normal of work is a push toward creating an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workforce. Not only does this mirror the trend in our popular culture, but organizations that are more diverse are likely to have higher profits than their less diverse competitors.
Given this new normal work world, here are seven HR Trends for 2022:
We have all seen how the pandemic has changed our work world and HR’s role in it. As a result, there will be new HR roles that become commonplace, particularly in larger organizations including a work-from-home facilitator, a well-being administrator, and an employee data trend analyst. Also, more demand for outsourced HR expertise will be required, especially for smaller organizations, as the role of HR becomes more complex.
In whatever way your organization’s HR role may change in 2022, we are here to help and invite you to contact us at email@example.com. Let’s work together and create solutions that work best for you and your organization.
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