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Our editors look into their crystal ball on what they think will change the face of the workplace over the next 10 years. 

Aditi Sharma Kalra - Editor-in-Chief, Human Resources Online

Wellness to thrive, not just survive

Come 2022, I believe organisations will need to double-down on their efforts in wellness, specifically financial, emotional, physical, and mental wellness.

Given that wellness means different things to different people, most organisations will look to take a broader approach than ever before, yet find ways to make these efforts personalised.

Organisations that don’t take wellness, especially mental health seriously, will risk losing their best talent in favour of employers who recognise and tackle wellness red flags proactively.


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Bridgette Hall - Deputy Editor for Human Resources Online (North Asia)

The future of life

Flexible working will no longer be a benefit, but an entitlement. I expect to see paradigm shift where work plays a less central role in people’s lives. It’s not the future of work, but the future of life.

Fixed hybrid models will be resisted as employees are empowered to demand pure flexibility.

Whether it’s offices, geography or hours worked. Expect compensation and benefits to follow suit, and the death of the open plan office.

Companies who still want to control their employee’s workday will cease to exist as competitors, who measure work through results rather than time worked, snap up top-tier talent in what is already a sparse talent market. I believe the shift will be as monumental as the five-day work-week during the industrial revolution.


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Priya Sunil - Senior Journalist, Human Resources Online

It’s all about the employee experience

Employers who shy away from embracing new ways of working – be it the hybrid workplace, flexible working arrangements, or simply, empathetic, open, and transparent communication – are likely to face the toughest impact of ‘The Great Resignation’, in my view.

Technology is, and will be, central to the employee experience.

More importantly, the experience will manifest in a number of new and unexpected ways – think, frequent and informal catch-ups between managers and employees, an outcome-based approach over face time, or hours spent over the laptop, and more.


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