The pandemic has seen the rise of a new individualism among employees, this shift in workplace dynamic is set to require a completely new set of requirements from organisational culture and employers.
Employees are re-assessing what they want and expect from company culture and employee value proposition. An increasing amount of people are beginning to question who they are and what matters to them, in many cases, they’re finding new confidence to show up as themselves.
Humanisation of the workforce means professional and private lives are blending more, and admitting to not being okay is no longer a sign of weakness at work.
Employees are calling for employers to enhance their workplace flexibility, benefits packages, and greater employee care and compassion in 2022. Teams are now seeing through traditional benefits and expect more from their employer for a better lifestyle overall.
This leads to great opportunities for businesses to create positive relationships which will develop a way of working which is better for people, society and the planet.
Rising individualism will underline a “me over we” mentality that could serious ramifications for organisations in how they lead their employees, how they design a new employee value proposition, and how they nurture their relationships with colleagues.
Designing internal processes and rules to reduce employees’ mental load with the aim of building care into systems will drive the key points above. Employers can declutter the organisation of the things that most frustrate employees, and make cumbersome experiences invisible and easy, giving people space to do the work they’re meant to do.
It’s also important to provide a differentiated experience for employees. Companies must adjust the balance of the employee experience to be about more than just task productivity.