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Heading into 2022: HR leaders share the biggest challenges

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Nirvi B
January 11, 2022
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We calmly and boldly stepped into 2022 like grown adults who pretend to understand the meaning behind New Yorker cartoons without actually skimming through the comments. Now we're contemplating the road ahead, wondering what speed bumps and horrific traffic jams might await us around the bend. We researched a bit, to find the biggest HR challenges 2022 that human resources leaders might be expecting. Here’s an effort to help you navigate this journey into the unknown.

Comparing the HR problems in 2022 v/s the last year.

1. From Battling Burnout in 2021 to Prioritizing Employee’s Mental Health in 2022

2. From Attracting Talent in 2021 to Winning the Talent War in 2022

3. From Keeping Employees Safe in 2021 to Providing Great Employee Experiences in 2022

4. From ‘the Great Resignation’ in 2021 to ‘the Great Reengagement’ in 2022

5. From Automating Routine Tasks in 2021 to Mandating an all-in-one HR system in 2022

6. From Adapting to Hybrid Work Models in 2021 to Creating a More Productive Workforce in 2022

7. From Leading in a New Environment in 2021 to Equipping Future Leaders in 2022

8. From Struggling with all the Change in 2021 to Embracing it in 2022

8 Biggest HR challenges 2022

1. Prioritizing Employee Mental Health

All of us are aware about the multiple findings that indicate employee mental health is worsening - triggered rates of depression, anxiety, stress and burnout as a result of the pandemic. This is creating problems at work and has prompted employers to take action.

"The past two years thrust mental health into the spotlight as a universal issue, with significant implications for individuals, teams, and entire organizations, which is why the conversation has expanded from HR benefits leaders to the boardroom," said Dr Joe Grasso, Ph.D., Senior Director of Workforce Mental Health at Lyra Health.

Employers should strategically align their leaders, culture initiatives, management practices, and resources to specifically support the mental health and well-being of their employees.

2. Winning the Talent War

“I expect to face two major challenges next year,” said Annette Reavis, Chief People Officer at EnvoyOne. “One, hiring the right people as quickly as we can. Two, reintroducing the people team and explaining why our team’s core value is so important.”

The global talent crisis is making it difficult for businesses to recruit qualified staff to fill open positions. HR leaders must design more effective talent evaluation tools to reduce the effects of the shortage and win the raging talent war. Skills tests and remote interviewing techniques may be used as part of this task, as these methods may help to speed up the hiring process.

3. Working towards ‘The Great Reengagement’

“Managing an office environment used to be something I thought about on rare occasions,” said Carla Yudhishthu, Chief People Officer at Mineral, “and now it’s top of my mind. That’s on top of dealing with things like ensuring employees feel connected to a bigger purpose at work and figuring out how to turn the “Great Resignation” into the “Great Reengagement” for our company.”

Millions of people quit their jobs in 2021, with 11 million job openings in October, showed a recent Labor Department study.

HR challenges 2022 | peopleHum

Bernand Coleman, Chief Diversity Officer at Gusto, questions, “How do you keep everyone engaged, fulfilled, and happy? We are operating in such a dynamically changing and challenging environment that people are seeking and expecting more from companies and greater fulfillment from their roles. The pandemic, this new way of working will require lots of pivots and adaptability to stay ahead of the curve.”

The task in front of HR is monumental, and I believe we’ll see the same challenges from 2021 heightened in 2022. - Carla Yudhishthu

4. Providing Great Employee Experiences

The shift is clear when comparing the human resource challenges in 2022 to 2020. Employee experience was ranked first in the poll for 2020, followed by leadership development, learning, next-generation leaders and people analytics. Employee mental health is now the top priority in 2022, followed by DEI, employee experience, and managing remote workers - employee experience remaining common in both the years.

5. Mandating an all-in-one HR system

Issues faced by HR leaders are now tackled by focusing on a core platform for employee management, using one-view integrated HR systems.

“With all of the unpredictability of the past two years,” said Alex Buder Shapiro, Chief People Officer at Flatiron Heath, “I could feel myself holding my breath this past fall, as we kicked off a large-scale HR software implementation with July 1, 2022, as our go-live date. The project is long overdue; we need to make a significant investment in automation and integration, unlocking a more self-service and streamlined approach to the employee experience.”

6. Creating More Productive Workforce

Too many people were compelled to adapt hybrid work models, and many are finding it difficult to stay productive in such conditions. Employees thus appear to find it difficult to maintain their previous levels of productivity. HR leaders who properly prepare for these HR challenges to overcome in 2022 will develop productive staff.

Tracking productivity with staff management or monitoring software can assist improve quality and time management at work. Employees at all levels, from line workers to C-suite executives, will profit.

7. Equipping Future Leaders

The C-suite only evaluated 38% of its mid-level leaders as "very good" or "excellent," according to DDI's research that polled 368 CEOs and 2,102 HR experts. This is a troubling tendency, given the worldwide talent war, which makes internal promotion critical to a company's long-term success.

These HR leadership challenges 2022 needs to be examined to prepare future leaders with adequate succession planning. The training should focus on developing empathy-driven managers who are aware of their subordinates' needs.

8. Embracing change

Many businesses make the mistake of reacting to external causes of change, rather than proactively embracing it. Businesses have been compelled to adopt a "adapt or perish" mentality as a method of survival as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, yet forward-thinking enterprises that embrace change as a part of their culture have prospered as a result of this approach.

“It is essential for businesses to see change not as a burden or threat, but as an opportunity for growth and innovation,” says CEO of RGP Kate Duchene. “This requires a recipe for agility that is characterized by radical empathy, democratization of power, broadly distributed knowledge, nimble financial mindsets, a culture of flexibility and a foundation of continuous listening.”

It’s not just the unexpected macro events like the pandemic that create extraordinary organizational challenges – even expected change can create uncertainty.

Similar to the other HR challenges 2022, this one bears its own fruits -  innovation and continual improvement - the two by-products of change that can only be achieved via positive change management.

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Sneha

October 25, 2021

A very inspiring list. Thanks for putting this together

Vanessa

October 25, 2021

This is such a great list of women leaders! More power to you all