The pandemic has affected the world and businesses in profound ways and that includes HR. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that HR trends for 2022 are a lot different than they were heading into 2020. By now, businesses have learned that they need to be flexible to keep up so let’s dive into 2022 HR trends with a view to embracing change.
Top 5 2022 HR Trends
HR managers and small businesses will benefit from being aware of and getting comfortable with this year’s HR trends.
1. Remote workers
While we are long past early Covid-19 days where the majority of workers were working remotely all the time, remote work is a trend that is here to stay. That’s because workers are demanding the flexibility to work from home, at least on a hybrid basis with a few days in the office and a few at home. HR teams will need to adjust to working with employees that may not always be physically present in the office – including themselves. Interviews and even the onboarding and training processes may be conducted online more often. HR technology such as online portals and cloud-based systems will become that much more important.
2. Prioritizing employee wellness
We have touched on this before, but it cannot be stated enough that employee wellness has become extremely important. Employee wellness includes both physical and mental health and HR departments will play a key role in helping workers manage their health by encouraging a healthy work-life balance and healthy living practices. In addition, safety protocols for Covid-19 will continue to be important as well as the implementation of employee wellness programs that focus on both physical and mental health.
3. Increased focus on cybersecurity
Several large businesses were hacked or had data breaches in 2021. Businesses of all sizes are looking for ways to secure their employee and customer data to reduce their risk of being hacked or worse, held hostage for their data unless they pay up. In addition, with more employees working from home from their personal computers and employees using personal cell phones for business, there is a much higher risk of a cybersecurity threat. HR teams will play an important role in keeping employee data safe and secure but they must be given the tools to do so by IT professionals.
4. Promoting from within
Most businesses are experiencing the challenges of hiring and retaining enough workers right now. In 2022, we will see a trend toward promoting from within the organization. This is happening for two reasons: 1. It is hard to find outside talent right now and 2. Internal promotions are a great way to retain your best workers. HR will navigate the internal promotion process by creating internal mobility programs that both create incentives for employees to stay with a company and test the skill sets of current employees to identify the right candidates for future job openings.
5. Say goodbye to location-based pay
It has been common practice for large companies with many remote locations to pay their workers on a pay scale determined by the location of their office. With so many employees working remotely these days, many have chosen to move out of big cities and into more rural areas for a quieter and more affordable lifestyle. Companies may no longer feel the need to pay employees based on where they work.
Partnering with Makai HR
Need HR support for your small business? We’ve got you covered through HR outsourcing! When you partner with Makai HR you can get on with the business you are trying to grow while we take care of your employee needs from payroll to taxes, health insurance/benefits and worker’s compensation. You also gain peace of mind that you are compliant with all of Hawaii’s employer laws (if you’ve ever looked you know that the list is very long and changes happen). When choosing a PEO to partner with, there are many things to consider including cost, services, and technology solutions.
With the cost of doing business in Hawaii at record highs, we know how important it is to keep labor costs in line with revenue. Our plans are priced competitively and include value-added services like time-in/time-out systems. Our three tiers of PEO service plans are tailored to the size of your business and specific needs. We offer a 100% paperless solution which means that your employees can manage their needs through a computer, tablet, or phone. We can truly improve your employees’ work benefits while freeing you up to run your business.
What are you waiting for? Companies that partner with a PEO benefit from 7-9% faster growth, 10-14% lower employee turnover; and they are 50% less likely to go out of business. Contact us today to get started!