Glassdoor Workplace Trends 2021

5 Trends Reshaping How We Work After COVID-19
5 Trends Reshaping How We Work After COVID-19

It's fair to say that 2020 has been a year like no other. A surprise global COVID-19 pandemic upended daily life and ushered in a whirlwind of previously unthinkable changes. How we hire, work and embody company culture changed overnight.

An important lesson from history is that every crisis presents risks and opportunities. In 2020, COVID-19 devastated large parts of the economy, put millions out of work and created the most dire health crisis of the 21st Century. But it also overturned outdated beliefs about remote work, sparked companies to build programs that foster emotional and cultural bonds between teams, and has put even the most vigorous company cultures through the crucible during historically trying times.

Will COVID-19 have a lasting impact on hiring and workplace culture in 2021 and beyond? At Glassdoor, we have a unique vantage point during these times of crisis with access to millions of company reviews, salaries, job postings and more from around the world. Each year, we revisit Glassdoor's massive database of workforce intelligence to distill the top workplace trends that we see unfolding in real time — the biggest shifts we see in employee culture, recruiting, compensation, diversity and inclusion, and more.

This report presents the five most compelling workplace trends we see emerging from Glassdoor's window into the workplace as the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded. These trends are what we believe will take hold as the pandemic continues to unfold — and assuming no other major unforeseeable event takes place in the coming year.

Key Takeaways

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Trend 1: Office life will return but it will never be the same

Trend 2: Employees expect progress, not just pledges, on corporate DEI

Trend 3: Salary expectations get a permanent WFH rehaul

Trend 4: Even the best company cultures must adapt to new post-COVID-19 realities

Trend 5: The COVID-19 recession is probably over, but these jobs may never return

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Publish Date

November 2021