Top 5 HR Trends To Watch Out For In 2022 In India
Technology will have a greater role to play in the future of the workplace
In the last few years, the human resource management (HRM) industry has transformed in many ways. The outbreak of Covid-19 introduced a flexible work model and led to the development of a holistic approach to employee wellbeing. The adoption of technology and constant upgrades further accelerated the adaptation and creation of new methodologies in HRM and the recruitment process.
The intensifying effects of the pandemic also impacted how HR managers and their teams operated. These professionals were at the forefront to ensure the continuity of businesses and boost employee morale. On the other hand, the forward-moving companies allocated heavy budgets for the development of a strong IT infrastructure.
In 2022, HR will add value to the transformation witnessed at workplaces as remote working and blended workforce are becoming the new normal. According to Microsoft’s Work Trend Index, 74% of Indian employees desire more flexible remote work options. So, what are the trends worth witnessing in the HR industry?
1. Transformation to a Hybrid Work Culture
During the pandemic, remote work culture was essential for organizations. The trend is expected to continue, however, it will be backed by a blended workforce. While the economy is recovering, with offices reopening, organizations are creating hybrid work models with employees working both from home and office. Moreover, many also have the flexibility of working from anywhere when working remotely.
In 2022, the hybrid work culture will remain relevant. It will ensure that employees get the best while ensuring their physical and mental wellbeing.
2. Technology in HR Management and Recruitment
As remote working, online interviewing and hiring became widespread, HR managers and job seekers began to use new-age digital tools. Most businesses increased their use of technology in the HR department with the wider adoption of artificial intelligence (AI). HR managers began using AI to screen candidate resumes, which made the entire recruitment and hiring process more transformative.
AI’s role does not end in hiring. It has also automated tasks that were earlier performed manually. Therefore, many organizations will invest in AI so that employees can focus on more meaningful work and increase their productivity.
3. Initiatives for Inclusion and Diversity
Post the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a need to develop a sense of belonging and personalization in the workplace, to motivate employees. Inclusion and diversity are essential, but strategies should not be limited to written policies and programs. HR managers must ensure their implementation at the ground level.
When organizations embrace diversity in the workplace, it is common for them to outperform the competition in the industry. According to research by Harvard Business Review, firms with more women in senior positions are more socially responsible, more profitable, and provide higher-quality customer experiences. In 2022, the space for equality of opportunity will increase, and there will be more openness to tackle micro-aggressions.
4. Efforts to Improve Employee Experience
An employee goes through various experiences during their employment lifecycle. Job satisfaction is pivotal for a positive employee experience, and keeps people highly motivated for work. A disengaged workforce can result in major losses as there is low productivity, low profitability, and increased absences at work. Therefore, keeping employees motivated and providing a fulfilling experience is imperative.
When the work
orce is engaged, it is highly productive. It leads to improved business outcomes and retention rates. In 2022, most organizations will pay more attention to enhancing employee experience to overcome uncertainty and ambiguity in the future.
5. Reskilling and Upskilling
Competition in the business landscape has increased. There is a greater need for transparency, agility, and resilience in the workplace. Moreover, after Covid-19, the dependency on automation tools has risen. The workforce needs a specialized skill set to adapt to a digitally driven world.
As 2022 proceeds, there is a need for two big developments in corporate organizations – reskilling and upskilling. Employees will have to undergo adequate training to learn upgraded technology and become equipped to take on new and different roles. The process is known as reskilling. Upskilling requires achieving new skills to grow in the current role at the organization.
The Way Forward
Technology has taken over the entire business industry, including the HR industry. A large number of organizations have adopted the hybrid work model at a fast pace, and many workplace trends are evolving fast. It is imperative for HR teams to take cognizance of these changes and lead their organizations in adapting to these trends, in order to achieve the most optimum business outcomes.
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