The past two years have been crazy. Aside from the apparent pandemic, businesses were forced to workaround lockdowns and quarantines to continue their operations.
As such, new workplace trends have emerged. Ones that have both benefited and harmed employers and employees alike.
Chris Edmonds, an executive consultant and CEO of the Purposeful Culture Group, said, “In the past, employers have had all of the cards. What’s interesting now is salaries are going up, and benefits are going up.”
As employers try to regain this power, employees are also pushing back. Here’s a quick recap of the workplace trends we’ve seen emerge in 2022:
- Great Resignation. According to Edmonds, over 100,000 U.S. workers have voluntarily quit their jobs over the pandemic years.
- Quiet Quitting. This took over the entire internet earlier this year. Describing the act of doing the minimum requirements of a job instead of going “above and beyond,” it earned many supporters and critics worldwide.
- Pay Transparency. Through a new salary transparency law, recruiters must post a salary range for open positions. New York City, Colorado, Connecticut, and Nevada started this trend this year. California is set to follow beginning in January.
- Labor Hoarding. A new buzzy expression used by economists that refers to the reported “hoarding” of employees instead of laying them off to avoid labor shortage.
- Career Cushioning. This is a new workplace lexicon that refers to the act of searching for new jobs and voluntarily upskilling oneself while still employed. Most people described “career cushioning” as their “Plan B” in case they get laid off unexpectedly.
Jessica Kriegel, Chief Scientist of Workplace Culture at Culture Partners, said that the rise in trendy phrases to describe workplaces in 2022 stems from the uncertainty people feel in their careers.
As such, workplace experts predict companies will have to do more for their employees to retain engaged talent in 2023.
Hannah Morgan, a job search strategist at Career Sherpa, expects the workplace trends in 2023 to focus on “purpose and mission” as workers start to look for meaning in their work beyond just salary and benefits.