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What are the HR trends for 2022? – You decide

The world of recruitment

As recruiters in the HR sector, we must anticipate trends and be proactive. This is a must if we are to continue providing added value for our clients and candidates.

The pandemic has brought about a new work environment and created a need for adaptation. Over the last year, there have been technological advancements and new regulations, which translates to the need for businesses to be forward-thinking.

As a result of our recent research whilst compiling our HR Salary & Benefits Guide, we have predicted four key HR trends for 2022.

 

Major HR trends: the changing Recruitment Processes

Over the years, recruitment has adapted with the times and 2022 is no different. New practices have been developed. There have been technological advancements and for a lot of businesses, remote working is here to stay.

Virtual interviews became the norm, and many companies are continuing with this post-pandemic, and it’s one of the major HR trends. That’s why mastering the virtual interview process is key for job seekers in 2022.

 

People Analytics

People analytics is on the rise in HR. Put simply, it involves gathering data from a workforce to analyse performance. It allows HR professionals to use insights from data to create and implement targeted HR activities.

Leveraging analytics as part of their role is rising amongst HR professionals. The percentage of users on LinkedIn with ‘HR Analytics’ listed as a skill was up 61% year-on-year across EMEA countries.

Companies are realising there is a need to plan ahead. The growth in HR technology and skills matrix platforms like Erango are allowing companies to manage and analyse employee competencies and skills gaps more efficiently.

The rise in automated training and web platforms looks set to continue throughout 2022, so make sure you’re incorporating this into your business.

 

People Analytics is on the rise in 2022

 

Upskilling Employees

Leaders and managers are prioritising upskilling their employees to create a growth mindset as part of their business culture. Employees are encouraged to capitalise on opportunities and share their experiences on social media.

The focus on upskilling is helping businesses address skills gaps to meet their needs and give them a competitive advantage. HR Grapevine found that 31% of HR leaders had introduced new technologies and processes to digitise HR processes in 2021. As digitalisation continues, upskilling will move with it throughout 2022.

 

Employee Well-Being: one of the major HR trends

Employee well-being has been on the rise for several years now so whilst this is not new it is certainly at the top of the agenda. Recently we conducted a poll on LinkedIn asking what the most important trend was, and ‘employee well-being’ scored highest with 45% of the votes.

Well-being for employees has fast become a necessity. Businesses need to ensure they actively build platforms to support their workforce’s needs. Throughout the pandemic, clients placed emphasis on the ‘whole employee’ when trying to attract and retain talent.

As we come out of the other side, companies need to ensure they care about all aspects of their employees’ lives, other than just productivity. Mental health and well-being are just as important, and that will continue to rise throughout 2022. Make sure you’re addressing it.

 

Another consideration for HR teams in 2022 is sustainability, how as an employer can we address climate change and make sure we empower people to do more. Sustainability is making its way to the top of everyone’s agenda. Be sure to include this in yours.

As we move away from the pandemic, companies must react to the trends of 2022. But what will have the biggest impact on you and your business?

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