Jan 12 2022

5 Culture Trends for 2022

“When the workplace is rapidly evolving, understanding the corporate culture trends will be essential for Business and HR Leaders to prepare their employees to be flexible, adaptable, and engaging to provide best-in-class “employee experience.” ”

by  Sanika Sarmalkar, Junior Consultant, hrtech.sg

Stepping into 2022, organizations and leaders are struggling to plan for an uncertain future. In such a scenario, when the workplace is rapidly evolving, understanding the corporate culture trends will be essential for Business and HR Leaders to prepare their employees to be flexible, adaptable, and engaging to provide best-in-class “employee experience.”

Here are “5 Culture Trends for 2022”, as highlighted in a recently published O.C. Tanner whitepaper that makes for a great read.

Flexibility Rules: Currently, organizations are adopting different types of work models such as 100% remote or hybrid working to offer greater work flexibility to their employees. When you survey a pool of employees regarding the model they are comfortable with, you get different results. The main factors of their choices are driven by their behavior, productivity, and creativity levels. Employees are more productive when they are given the autonomy of flexibility. For this to happen, organizations can come up with strategies for career development, opportunities for connecting, collaboration, and interaction.

Rebuilding Connection: After almost two years of disruption due to the pandemic, bonds between the employees and the organization must be rebuilt and strengthened, as one in three employees feel disconnected from their leaders and colleagues. This situation calls for organizations to rethink the role of HR and come up with various HR initiatives like inclusion, wellbeing, and recognition.

Revisiting Engagement: Engagement is no longer a metric to predict business outcomes as it has been replaced with ‘Great work’ leading to more retention, innovation, and strong workplace cultures. Every employee can perform well and portray great work irrespective of employee persona. They have different behavior patterns when it comes to showcasing their great work efforts. It is interesting to note that there are five types of great work behaviors, namely socializers, taskers, builders, coasters, achievers.

More Personalized Recognition: Employee recognition helps to increase their motivation levels, and they feel a sense of connection and belonging. Employees portraying different work behaviors generally tend to have a different perception of recognition. Organizations can encourage their leaders to introduce new social tools, integrations and awards to create meaningful recognition moments for their employees.

Technology’s Exploding Role in Building Culture: The role of technology is becoming more important to strengthen the workplace culture and keep the employees engaged and connected. Organizations must implement user-friendly, flexible and personalized technologies to enhance the employee experience. Moreover, organizations need to build strong strategies to offer a great work environment and support their employees.

To discover deeper insights about these five culture trends of 2022, read the detailed whitepaper from here.


Sanika Sarmalkar is part of the Digital HR Advisory & Consulting team at hrtech.sg. With a Masters in HRM and a background in creative content writing, she is a HRTech evangelist who aims to encourage Enterprise HR Teams to adopt new-age HRTech solutions, and thereby enable their transition into becoming a Strategic HR Business Partner.

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