Thanks for joining us on Season 6 of The Flourishing Culture Podcast, brought to you by The Best Christian Workplaces Institute. You’ll learn how to build a flourishing workplace culture that drives the ministry impact of your organization, your church, or your company brought to you by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute. Now here’s your host, BCWI CEO, Al Lopus.
Are you ready to lead your workplace in 2022? Well, listen in as we talk about the workplace trends that will impact the way you manage and experience your workplace in 2022. Listen in to see if you agree, and more importantly, if you are ready to lead for the future?
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Many of us are happy 2021 is over! And as we look at 2022, what can we look forward to as we lead our organizations into a new future. Even with future uncertainties, how can we lead our teams in such a way to best shepherd the flock that God has entrusted to us?
For the past several years, we have outlined the trends we project for the next year. These have become some of our most-read blog posts and downloaded podcast episodes. In fact, last January, a trend I predicted was “hybrid virtual workplaces are here to stay.” I don’t think any of us expected COVID would still be such a big topic influencing our workplaces.
So, this year we look forward to answering the question, what are the seven leading trends likely to shape the future of your workplace in 2022. So, let’s go.
I’d like to welcome back our President and Chief Operating Officer for the Best Christian Workplaces Institute, Jay Bransford. Jay, it’s been a great delight to work with you over this past year, and welcome again to the Flourishing Culture Podcast.
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
- What we’ve discovered as the seven leading-edge workplace trends that really every leader and listener needs to hear (02:35)
- Number 1: The “Great Resignation” will cause organizations to fight to attract and retain top talent (02:57)
- A Gallup survey says 48% of employees are actively looking for a job or willing to consider a new job (03:07)
- The Great Resignation is not a pay problem! (03:49)
- Clearly, there is a war for talent, both to attract new people and to retain your best performers. (04:17)
- Gen Z is at risk and will need to be reenergized (04:49)
- Number 2: Employee Compensation and Well-Being Will Be Key Issues for Leaders to Solve in 2022 (06:45)
- As we look at BCWI’s database, one theme that pops out is that issues related to employee compensation and well-being are increasing. (07:04)
- Increasing gaps between industry and non-profit compensation as corporations increase entry-level pay. (08:42)
- New research from Oracle finds that 88% of workers feel the meaning of “success” has changed, and they’re now prioritizing work-life balance, mental health, and having a meaningful job over a steady paycheck. (09:21)
- That’s why in 2022, people will no longer tolerate companies that treat them poorly, and they’ll hold employers to a higher standard than ever before (09:40)
- Number 3: The skills of the front-line manager will become increasingly more critical to organizational effectiveness (10:58)
- Recognition for doing a good job. Employees are experiencing far less recognition than before COVID (12:10)
- As we have re-discovered during COVID, it is the front-line manager that is the key link between the employee and the organization. A strong connection is at the heart of retention. (13:42)
- Number 4: A hybrid or remote-first approach will be adopted by many organizations (15:58)
- Even as many ministries hoped to transition to a hybrid model in 2021, the emergence of the Delta variant put office reopening’s on hold. (16:25)
- In fact, research from WeWork found that 79% of the C-Suite will let their employees split their time between offices and remote working if their job allows for it. (17:09)
- Number 5. Leaders are out of touch with employees and will increasingly rely on Engagement surveys and focus groups to gather employee input and feedback. (18:35)
- Ministries and organizations that don’t seek out or listen to their employee’ feedback will struggle to retain talent, at a time when workforce retention is key (18:52)
- We recommend most churches, Christian non-profits, and Christian-owned businesses take a snapshot of their workplace culture and employee engagement at the same time each year. (20:28)
Employee compensation and well-being will be key issues for leaders to solve in 2022.“
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