2022 HR trends

2022 is here, we can wrap up 2021 already. We saw people returning from lockdown, we saw people working in a hybrid system (at home – in the office) we saw the need for qualified people, and also we went through an interesting phase where people quit voluntarily their jobs for better opportunities. This is in trend with growing concerns about the macro economical environment, the talk about raising minimum wages, inflation, and new types of opportunities.

This is already history, and we look to 2022 for new HR trends so we could keep up with the ever-changing landscape of our industry.

High turnover rates
55% of HR leaders say that turnover is higher than before 2019. Also, HR directors say that hiring remotely is a lot more difficult. Remote and online interviews will be part of everyday life in 2022. It will take a great set of skills to manage to bring onboard new employees and to create induction programs that will convey your company’s culture.

With this shifting landscape, background screening could help HR departments with pre-interview scans that will increase the chances to find the perfect candidate for the job.

The process is evolving
50% of small businesses have a hard time finding people. This means that it will take a great deal of effort from HR departments to scout and to keep a balance between the company’s immediate need for a workforce and the quality of the new people that come on board. When it gets harder to recruit, HR starts to look to categories of people that usually are not on their radar. This is also in line with the diversity and inclusion trend swiping the HR landscape.

Stormy waters
Workplaces will still be affected by the changes the Covid-19 pandemic brought to the table. Uncertainty will play a major role in hiring candidates. This factor alongside remote work brought a sense of disconnect from the team and even division. So, HR will have to focus on soft skills like team effort, team building programs, and looking for those candidates that can fit a new team.

Remote work leaves issues in the office
With the teams split between working at home and working in the office, companies discovered that there are workflow issues with project management. This means that people working at home felt less connected and less responsible for their tasks. HRs are looking now for people that have the skillset for the job but that have a good self-management system. Experts agree that remote work also requires a lot of effort to keep the employees engaged, as they feel more isolated. The way they collaborate is less effective and without in-person interaction with a direct manager, they might not work through the feedback they get on their work. This means that HR departments will look to implement a new form of employee satisfaction programs that would uphold the company’s culture even outside the office.

The well-being of the employee is crucial
This brings a more holistic approach to HR, where there is a stronger need for a work-life balance. Mental wellness programs, burnout avoidance are extremely important. All these trends go hand in hand with the first step in keeping your team up and running, and that is a good recruiting practice. That is why adding background screening to your HR practice could help you bring the right people in.