Although there has been an air of uncertainty throughout 2021, the year has also brought several positive and innovative changes to the way that we work.

Remote and hybrid working has become the norm for most businesses, with employers recognising the importance of a good work-life balance, and the effect that this has on their employees’ wellbeing and productivity.

With this in mind, what can we expect as we go into 2022?

Flexibility expectations

It comes as no surprise that employees will be expecting their employers to provide flexible working where possible as we enter the new year.

Whether it be existing workers or new recruits, there will be a level of expectation that businesses may feel pressured to meet.

Flexible working aims to tackle stress by encouraging a happier, loyal, and more balanced workplace, and it is recommended that firms consider establishing a hybrid working model not just on a temporary basis, but for the foreseeable future.

The growth of digital transformation

As hybrid work is here to stay for most, digital transformation will be crucial to improve business activities, procedures, and capabilities.

If 2021 demonstrated anything, it is that meetings from home are not only feasible but effective, meaning offices do not need to be the sole location for efficiency, as many businesses may have previously believed.

Digital technologies are constantly evolving, now more than ever, and businesses must keep on top of these changes to achieve their business goals in the modern world.

New ways to attract and retain talent

With much of the population claiming that they would refuse a job if hybrid or remote working were not on offer, it’s clear to see that the world of work is changing rapidly, and that employers should be changing with it.

Can the work be done from home? If the answer is yes, then this may positively impact work culture, improving employees’ mental health and enhancing productivity.

It’s important to note that creating a culture of flexibility built on choice and trust will also make your business appear more desirable, both internally and externally.

A sharper focus on employee wellbeing

In 2022, employee mental wellbeing will continue to be a priority.

British employers intend to increase spending on employee mental health by as much as 18 per cent compared to 2021, as revealed in Bupa Global’s Executive Wellbeing Index 2021.

As we continue to tackle the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, strategies to support employees’ wellbeing should be at the forefront of employers’ minds.

For further help with this, check out our latest blog on tackling mental health in a “new normal” workplace here.

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