HR Trends 2022: The 5 Items You Need On Your Agenda

In my opinion, 2021 was the year where HR professionals truly strengthened their role and led the charge on company success. From designing hybrid working models, to building strategic plans to help businesses scale, and helping employees get better at what they do.

But, what’s ahead of us in 2022? In this article, I’ll cover the five topics me and my team are keeping our eyes on — and what you should consider adding to your agenda, too.

Develop an HR strategy suited for 2022 with this guide.

The Journey Ahead Of Us In 2022

As our study in coordination with Opinium earlier this year revealed, the journey for many companies in 2022 will be the consequence of a few key statistics:

● 45% of employees want to change jobs in the next six or 12 months.
● 36% of employees say their productivity is suffering because of too many digital tools.
● 37% of HR professionals say they lack the data and insights to best support their organisation.

The overarching themes come from these numbers: recruiting, retention, productivity improvement, and people analytics will all be in focus.

From where I stand, I think HR will continue to venture outside of itself and push the boundaries of what defines existing HR work in the year ahead – especially when it comes to these five topics.

1. A Clear Strategy To Drive Talent Acquisition

The market for top talent is incredibly competitive. For example, one study from Indeed showed that 79% of employers have had trouble recruiting in recent months. For 76% of them, this had a negative impact on their business.

To close those hiring gaps, it makes sense that start-ups and growing companies will only continue to invest in recruitment. From there, competition will only become more fierce!

At Personio, our focus in 2022 will be on developing a crystal clear employer branding and hiring strategy to optimize the effectiveness of our recruiting process.
Two important cornerstones of this will be: Having the appropriate applications on hand, but also in developing more competitive compensation models.

2. Continuing To Automate Core HR Processes

The People & Workplace team at Personio includes HR, internal IT, and Office Management. Amongst those three subteams, coordination and smooth people processes have only become more important in our work.

That’s why, in 2022, we’re putting even more focus on tying together people processes through People Workflow Automation as a key lever. This isn’t to simply ensure that processes run, but that they run smoothly while maximizing our productivity.

This pays directly into our HR strategy: Not only will the people experience in our teams be improved. Automated workflows will also give them more time for value-adding opportunities, such as promoting employee wellbeing or helping our leaders manage hybrid teams.

3. An Emphasis On Developing Leaders

In 2021 alone, our teams grew from 450 to 1100 employees. For companies growing that quickly, leaders are important multipliers of both company values and culture. They also serve as role models and anchor motivation and commitment.

We will invest heavily in leadership development for exactly that reason. It will start right from onboarding by teaching the cornerstones of good leadership, but also anchor our “Great Leaders Do” principles.

These will be the basis for role expectations, performance targets, and development measures moving forward. In keeping that focus, our aim is to build the knowledge of our Team Leads and increase their confidence in key leadership topics.

And, in parallel with those efforts, we will foster a strong peer network to ensure regular knowledge sharing between leaders.

4. More & More Data-Based Decisions

Data has always played a key role in optimizing our processes and improving the way we deliver our People Experience. Next year, we want to expand on that!

The focus of that expansion and continued reliance is with one goal in mind: Enabling our recruiters and People Partner teams to identify focus areas and figure out key ways that we can improve the different stages of our People Experience journey.

Ultimately, it’s really about expanding how we use our people data, and then using it to key in on specific areas for improvement.

5. Continuously Iterating On The New Normal

Last year made one thing abundantly clear: There’s little sense in trying to go back to a time before Covid-19. We’re here, and now we need to learn and move forward.

In 2022, I expect that companies will have to continue to think about and expand their actions in a mostly hybrid setup.

For our team, that means keeping our eye on two key trends:

● DE&I – We are growing fast, and especially in a somewhat-remote setting we want to scale our culture and define areas of focus accordingly.
● Wellbeing – Establishing measures to address the reality and aftermath of the past few years, to promote mental, emotional, and physical health amongst staff.

That brings us to the end of this year’s article covering the relevant trends we foresee in 2022 (and, potentially, even beyond that). I hope it helps your HR or People Team start to strategize and prioritize for the journey ahead!

Ross Seychell

About Ross Seychell
As a business leader with 20 years of HR experience, I have a strong passion for how a company’s most important asset – their people and culture – enables them to unlock and achieve their mission. After building out commercial people and workplace strategies at high-growth companies such as Wise and King, I joined Personio as Chief People Officer to help us become the leading HR platform and tech employer in Europe.