As we have now entered 2022, the work scenario will yet undergo new shifts and will adopt new cultures to suit their workforce. The first thing to know about work in 2022 is that employees will prefer wellbeing, healthcare and compensation over any other parameters.
Why wellbeing and healthcare? Well, it’s pretty obvious why employees are concerned about their overall wellbeing now more than ever. 2020 and 2021 were tumultuous years for a lot of people. Some lost their loved ones, while some people caught the COVID-19 infection and suffered complications. As a result, people are now more inclined towards companies who emphasize and poster mental and physical health, while offering healthcare benefits.
Apart from health being the central focus, there are a few other parameters employees will expect from 2022. Let’s take a look!
1 The Future of Work Relies in Employee Wellbeing
To establish concrete clarity, companies that keep employee’s health over all things will see a significant growth in their workforce and revenue. Why? Because employees prefer organizations that humanize their struggles and offer flexibility during work in their tough times. A very good example is Hewlett Packard (HP) which offered a program that extended healthcare benefits to the employees as well as their family members. So, a happy employee is a productive employee, which will ultimately contribute to a positive growth in your revenue.
2 Generous Employee Benefits Can Stem The Great Resignation Wave
Apart from healthcare benefits, employees also desire recognition, compensation and benefits from the company. In the case of Gen Z, they give a lot of importance to organizations that offers them benefits like flexibility of work, little or no micro-management, emotional and mental healthcare availability and much more. Not only benefits, but recognition and due compensation for work should be rewarded to employees who deserve it. So, if you haven’t thought about it yet, you should definitely think about it now!
3 Diversity and Inclusivity
To those who think this is not an important factor, you can never be more wrong! Only with proper diversity and inclusivity you can grow your organization in the true sense. Factors like people of colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc. should not be a sour point for your organization. Millennials and Gen Z prefer companies that offer a healthy work environment despite of their race, color, caste, creed, gender or religion.
4 Hybrid or Remote Working
For employees internationally, the threat of the COVID-19 virus is still there. Also, remote working has helped a lot of employees to be more productive and work in proper coordination with their peers. Remote working also enables a person to prioritize tasks like leisure, mental and emotional health, family time and upskilling. So, in a way, most employees are habitual to a work from home environment and even in 2022, they would like to work from the comfort of their own homes. This doesn’t mean that everyone prefers remote working, some would love to work in an office environment for some days of the week or the month or the year. Therefore, going forward, hybrid and remote working will still be a key factor for employees selecting organizations for jobs.
As an organization, employer, leader and HR, it is a must for you to be well-versed with these new trends. If you want your organization to go places, you must be inclusive, conscious about the environment, your employees’ health and the flexibility in their work.