What to look forward to in HR for 2022

As we end the year 2021, it’s that time of year where HR professionals are getting ready for 2022 and starting to draft and align their internal goals, plans, and projects with larger HR trends emerging.

According to HRM Australia, nearly 60% of HR executives agree that developing critical skills will be their top priority in 2022. 

The new normal for the workplace is changing at a breakneck pace, and HR leaders must ensure that their organisations and people have all the tools, skills, processes, and support they need to succeed. But where do you even begin? What can HR do to help shape and support the future of work?

Here are the top five emerging trends to look forward to in HR for 2022.

1. Establishing ‘superteams’

We are already familiar with building superteams but have not really focused on continuously maintaining the flow of it. Coined by Thomas Malone, superteams refers to incorporating people and technology, such as artificial intelligence and robotics to reimagine operations and achieve quick and better results.

According to Deloitte’s 2021 Global Human Capital Trends report, only 16% of executive-level leaders said that they plan to transform work by combining humans and machines.

This trend is likely to pick up speed, with companies who adopt this new attitude and approach in a great position to achieve the maximum potential for driving development and managing uncertainty. 

2. From managing employees to restructuring work

It’s clear that HR has been positioned as a critical component of surviving a time of crisis like during the Covid-19 pandemic. The good news is that HR has met this new standard and as a result, has gained more recognition in the field. 

It is predicted that business and HR executives are now thinking to restructure work in the next years which means prioritising outcomes over outputs, building superteams that blend employees and technical capabilities as a priority and even managing cultural and leadership changes brought on by the new way of working.

As a result, HR trends and goals will be more closely aligned with business goals. In order to shape a new work structure, HR will need to collaborate closely with other departments. 

3. Unlocking your team’s potential

Many businesses struggled to retain staff during Covid-19 due to financial difficulties, sick leave, or the loss of workers to the virus. As a result, management asked their remaining employees to stretch their responsibilities and fill the voids left by their colleagues. And just like the champions that they are, they led the movement and rose to the challenge!

In these difficult circumstances, employees’ have demonstrated resourcefulness and that they can learn and contribute in unexpected ways. Because of that, they’ve put their business in a position to succeed in the long run. 

There are now a number of teams that can contribute and collaborate with other departments with less hassle on knowledge transfers. Employees are also unlocking different skills and have performed beyond and even received recognition for being resilient and stepping up. 

Businesses have now invested in different online programs, training, and learning development for their employees. This shows that reskilling is a cost-effective and long-term strategy for advancing and elevating your workforce.

4. Mental health will be the utmost priority

For many employees, the border between work and home life has been blurring for some time, but the pandemic has effectively eliminated it. As a result, HR leaders have moved their focus from promoting work-life balance to incorporating wellbeing into the workplace. 

Businesses are now focusing on providing online experiences that promote the mental health of their employees. Virtual team-building activities, yoga, fitness sessions, quick casual catch up, and even mindfulness classes are just a few examples. 

As a result, businesses that integrate health-related initiatives into the design of work will thrive beyond 2022. To establish a culture where employees are at their best health, this will be done at the individual, team, and organisational levels. 

HR and business professionals will face both large possibilities and significant challenges in the future. All of this is driving HR leaders to seek out and implement cutting-edge technology and applications in order to boost employee productivity and engagement.

Use these patterns to anticipate new advances in the human resource industry and to inform your future business procedures. It will provide you with a strong basis on which to not only survive but also prosper in the face of impending changes. 


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