Connecting the Dots in 2022: Our Talent Search Forecast for the Year Ahead

People in an office space.

In 2022, we see holistic compensation packages as a big trend – with perks around WFH, hybrid environments and more as employers continue to understand that being physically in an office is not required for long-term success. How do you expand your team and adapt your workspace for remote workers? What are the expectations for compensation? How does this new atmosphere affect your workforce’s mental health?

Remote Work

“Working remotely has been a complete game-changer for me. Candidates who I am speaking with daily agree and are usually only looking for remote positions for these reasons.”

Emily Ferris

Remote work used to be reserved for a handful of employees, if any. A recent PwC survey from August 2021 found that “Almost a fifth (19%) of all employees would like to be fully remote today, even if COVID-19 were no longer a concern.“

Rather than let this be a hiring obstacle, employers are embracing the benefits remote work offers their businesses in the reduction of overhead costs and increased productivity of employers. Not to mention the growing list of reasons employees are finding remote work options more sustainable and satisfying. To name a few of these perks:

  • No commute leading to better overall health and wellness.
  • Efficient communication and time management.
  • Flexibility to accommodate home schedules.
  • Ability to work and live anywhere.

Sure, remote teams need different resources and managing a remote workforce requires a suite of tech tools. But once those basics are operating smoothly, remote options are extremely attractive on both sides of the contract with employers embracing:

  • Reduced overhead cost.
  • Helpful tech tools to increase employee productivity.
  • Huge pool of highly skilled talent.

The investment in setting employees up in a WFH office is something our Talent Sourcers are seeing as a serious advantage: “ Working remotely has been a complete game changer for me. I feel way more productive and have such strong mental health because of it. I love the flexibility it provides and you can still feel like you are working on a team with recent updates in technology.”

Compensation

As an employer it’s best to approach a prospective employee with a holistic employment package. PRnewswire’s September survey showed that 66% of employees are motivated to take an offer based on a flexible work schedule and 56% are seeking remote work. What does this show employees need in their next job: FLEXIBILITY.

For employers, your package designs can not just be about dollars for hours, health benefits, and deferred comp. Today’s employers need to accept that employees have a long list of what they are considering part of the package highlighting the full range of how remote work benefits are valued beyond dollars.

Our DoConnect Team shares these insights to help build offer packages.

  • Flexibility is everything nowadays!
  • From an employee perspective, they are willing to be flexible on salary requirements for the flexibility of working from home.
  • Promoting a healthier work life balance and the 40 hour work week is slowly evolving into a more flexible work week where you are able to make your own schedule.

Employers need to collaborate with prospective employees to make arrangements that are flexible, but still ensure productivity, efficiency, and ensure that deliverables hit the mark within the defined time frame. As Steve Hatfield writes in a recent article published by Deloitte, “employers must be proactive and explicit in making the desired outcomes and outputs of work visible to employees in order to achieve them. Shifting to measuring accomplishments and outcomes over activities and labor hours allows organizations to cultivate a work environment of high-performing and productive teams. Focusing on outcomes in this way, in addition to trusting employees to achieve them, will lead to increased work effectiveness.”

Mental Health at Work

Mental health and work from home, there is a fairly even split between studies proving the workforce is feeling better overall and more stressed and overworked than ever before. The Dot Connect team is also seeing some new steps companies are taking to make the mental health of employees a top priority. For instance, Bess Singleton shares “I’ve also seen clients offering mental health services as a benefit and it’s a really nice way to care for your employees as human beings and shows maturity in the leadership when they grasp the importance of this.”

What we can firmly see from all the information out there, employees are seeking flexibility and room to divide their work and not-work lives into two separate spheres.

The employer will have to set policy and adhere to limitations to preserve the benefits of the remote option as a positive venture for both sides to stay healthy and happy in the long run. With a 40% increase year over year for Google searches about “work life balance” and more and more searches about how to protect personal time when working from home it is clear employees are looking at their next position as one that needs to fit into their lifestyle, not one that will overtake their life.

Emily Ferris, a DotConnecter, shared – “Most companies are taking mental health days which is great because we all need a little break sometimes. I’ve noticed most managers are blocking off time on their calendar to take their kids to school and pick them up.” These periodic breaks during the day or monthly mental health days reduce employee stress and permit the employee to accomplish their goals while managing their work life balance, companies will prosper, their turnover rates will subside and employees will be able to advance careers.

These DotConnect predictions are in line with other industry experts, like the 2020 Deloitte Human Capital Trends report, where recommendations are for organizations to integrate well-being into work which results in a decrease to remediate work’s negative effects.

Overall, these shifts in the workforce and what employees are seeking from employers will demand that the organization invest part of their decreased operating costs from the transition to remote employees to balance it with an investment on work empowerment, flexibility, and overall health and wellness.

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