Last year we published our predictions for the work trends of 2022. As we reflect back on the year, many of these trends are still developing. Retaining talent is an ongoing challenge. Lateral mobility within companies is becoming more prevalent as employees seek to reskill and upskill. Hybrid working has solidified, and there is an expectation of greater flexibility and non-linear workdays.
Employee experience platforms are increasing in popularity as a one-stop hub for everything that’s needed for wellbeing, learning and productivity. With economic uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to reduce recruitment costs by understanding how to retain your talent. The labour market is competitive, and employees are no longer willing to settle if they’re unhappy at work. Management processes must adapt to reflect new hybrid working practices to ensure teams remain motivated and productive.
We have collated the latest research on continuing and emerging workplace trends and these are focused around how to engage employees in an ever-evolving working environment.
‘Quiet quitting’ – when employees change their behaviour to remove additional effort and work in line with their job responsibilities – has been becoming more popular. Employees are no longer willing to work later or take on tasks they weren’t hired for. It’s a manifestation of disengagement and unchecked burnout across the workforce, indicative of a deeper underlying problem. It’s harmful for productivity, team performance and can have a ripple effect and demoralise other team members.
Although most organisations have introduced wellbeing resources, it’s important to address the root cause of burnout. High workload, no sense of belonging and lack of purpose in their work activities are all contributing factors. Without taking time to understand what employees need, the symptoms won’t be resolved.