A Recap Of 2022 And HR Trends For 2023

We are quickly approaching the end of 2022, with thoughts now firmly focused on the year ahead. With this in mind, we would like to look back at 2022 and the future HR trends for 2023. 

Skills shortages

There are currently around 1,187,000 open vacancies in the UK, and the skills shortages of 2022 will spill over to 2023. They may even increase.

With the challenges of Brexit firmly in place and the consequences of strike action yet to take hold, we are likely to find most skills shortages in public sector organisations.

Businesses need to plan and put succession planning in place, to allow them to manage recruitment risks. They also need to look at ways to entice candidates to their business, making it a great place to work with strong values & culture and offering clear growth opportunities. 

Hybrid working 

Prior to the Covid pandemic, working in the office was standard but the working environment has changed, and hybrid working is here to stay.

Employees are just unwilling to give up the balance of working both at the office and at home, and with productivity said to rise with remote working, employers don’t really have any reason to refuse.

Businesses need to manage the challenges of hybrid working, including communicating with employees and ensuring everyone is working towards a common goal. A focus more directed at work goals, rather than hours completed may also become more commonplace.

Employee engagement

There is more focus than ever on employee engagement, with businesses already starting to make this a priority. The benefits of employee engagement cannot be underestimated.

With strong engagement, you can improve retention levels, increase productivity, and build a better culture. There will be a focus on communication and involving employees in ongoing feedback.

Mental health

Thankfully, we are much more aware of mental health than ever before, even in the workplace.

Businesses can really benefit from incorporating mental health related policies into the workplace, such as a ‘duvet day’, ‘mental health day’ and offering greater flexibility. Mental health issues can significantly affect employee well-being and therefore productivity and it is, therefore, crucial that it becomes a priority.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion will become a priority as it was in 2022, with a focus on recruiting diverse employees into leadership roles.

With an increasing number of employees working remotely, businesses can hire candidates from across the globe, which can improve diversity.

There are many benefits to hiring candidates from different walks of life as it helps in providing new ideas and ensuring employees feel more comfortable in the workplace.


Businesses can start preparing for their future needs and particularly, ensuring employees are their main priority. We can support your business with always-on surveys to ensure your business is successful. You can contact us on 01223 750 251 to find out more. Alternatively, you can email hello@thymometrics.com or visit thymometrics.com for information.

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