Relatable organizations are bringing back the joy of work and creating a brighter future for all

A moment of profound opportunity has arrived: to pick up the tools of empathy honed in 2020-2021 and carve a new way of partnering that is more human, sustainable, and attuned to the ways people want to work. This year, we are witnessing the Rise of the Relatable Organization. What are the success drivers of these relatable organizations? They are resetting for stakeholder relevance, building adaptive capacity in their people and processes, figuring out how to work in partnership and tackle inequalities, driving outcomes on total well-being, incentivizing employability, and harnessing collective energy.

  • Global Talent Trends 2022 - Video transcript

    An upside-down world demands new ways to relate

    Grandparents and grandkids are connecting on TikTok®

    Computers know us better than we think

    Our children now learn from chatbots

    The challenges aren’t over yet

    Organizations must adapt

    60% of executives worry top talent won’t return to work

    98% of organizations report significant skills gaps

    85% of employees feel at risk of burnout

    Turning the world right side up means …

    Reflecting employee values

    82% of employees expect their employer to do what’s right for society

    Harnessing the positive

    Employee’s top prediction is the future of work will be more balanced

    Making moments matter

    High growth companies are twice as likely to design work experiences for different personas

    Welcome to the rise of the Relatable Organization

    Global Talent Trends 2022


Seizing the opportunity in this year's talent trends


The pandemic has demonstrated the need to be both opportunistic and risk-aware. People are seeking a sense of joy and freedom to reshape their lives. Organizations have bold plans for reinvention, but are they focused on what will really make a difference?

Find out in the 2022 edition of Mercer’s Global Talent Trends Study.

The five global talent trends for 2022

Thank you to the nearly 11,000 voices who contributed to this year’s study. C-suite executives, HR leaders, and employees representing 16 geographies and 13 industries told us what’s keeping them up at night and what they hope the future holds. Taken together, their stories point to the need for a more Relatable Organization, one that challenges legacy notions of value-creation and redefines its contribution to society.


Expand each section to learn more about the trends shaping this year’s People agenda.


  • Reset for relevance



    94% of employees expect their employer to pursue a sustainability agenda


    Only 1 in 3 HR leaders has prioritized putting sustainability at the

    heart of the transformation agenda


  • Work in partnership



    63% of employees will only join a company if they can be remote/hybrid


    81% of HR leaders are worried that remote working will deteriorate the culture

  • Deliver on total well-being



    52% of employees fear for their future financial wellness


    Only 3 in 10 companies are introducing mental or financial wellness programs for employees


  • Build for employability



    87% of companies are investing in AI-powered skills identification/valuation


    1 in 5 employees is not convinced of the benefits in reskilling


  • Harness collective energy



    97% of organizations are planning enterprise-wide transformation in 2022


    1 in 4 HR leaders say redesigning work to improve agility was a priority for 2021,

    but it was difficult to make progress

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