Wellbeing and learning trends 2024

Stephanie Thomas

Written By Helen Moran, Head of Learning Solutions

12th December 2023

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Reflecting on 2023

As we reflect on the evolving landscape of workplace wellbeing, 2023 saw significant steps forward in recognition of the importance of not just creating inclusive environments but building towards true equity, and the intricate link between this and employee wellbeing.

Workplace wellbeing and diversity

One of the most prominent trends in 2023 was a growing acknowledgment of the deep connection between workplace wellbeing and diversity. Employees can only thrive when they are allowed to be at their natural, authentic best, and not hampered by masking who they really are.

In order for this to work in practise, managers need to be empowered with the right training and support to be able to build closer relationships with their direct reports so that they understand them better as individuals and can build mutual trust, increasing psychologically safety in the workplace.

Celebrating neurodiversity

In the pursuit of inclusivity, neurodiversity emerged as a critical focal point. HR leaders recognised the need to champion a work culture that celebrates neurological differences, understanding that diverse cognitive styles contribute to innovation and problem-solving.

The agenda for many HR leaders in 2024 is likely to revolve around developing strategies that support neurodiversity in the workplace, from recruitment practises to onboarding and ongoing engagement. Effective training to improve understanding and empower people leaders with the skills to embrace the opportunities neurodivergent talent can bring to their teams will be paramount.

Finding the balance in hybrid working

The debate around the balance between remote work and office-based work gained momentum in 2023. With an increased focus on employee wellbeing, organisations grappled with finding the optimal mix that caters to individual preferences and ensures a supportive work environment. Striking the right balance will continue to be a key consideration for HR leaders, with implications for both wellbeing, productivity and engagement.

Looking ahead to 2024

As we head into 2024, the trajectory of workplace wellbeing trends continues to evolve. The following are anticipated trends and changes that are likely to shape the workplace landscape in the coming year:

  • Improving neurodiversity inclusion and support

The spotlight on neurodiversity is expected to intensify in 2024, with organisations actively working to implement inclusive policies and practices that cater to individuals with diverse cognitive abilities. Training programs, mentorship initiatives and better awareness of accommodations will likely become more prevalent to attract more neurodivergent employees into roles and to ensure they thrive in the workplace.

  • Reducing gender-diverse stigma

Building on the momentum of diversity and inclusion efforts, the focus on supporting gender-diverse talent, implementing gender transitioning policies and creating gender-neutral spaces is likely to become more prominent. Organisations will work towards eradicating gender biases and creating environments that empower individuals irrespective of their gender identity.

  • Supporting menopause and andropause

A more nuanced understanding and support system for those going through the menopause or andropause are expected to be integral components of workplace wellbeing in 2024. Following the successful tribunal claims in 2023 and growing awareness of the impact menopause and andropause can have on individuals, we should see more organisations implementing policies that acknowledge and address the unique challenges faced by employees navigating these life stages, improving employees experiences and better supporting wellbeing in work.

  • Recognising the unique circumstances of individuals

With new legislation coming into play in 2024 and beyond, enhancing the rights of carers (Carer’s Leave Act 2023) and those with a baby requiring neonatal support (Neonatal Care Leave and Pay Act 2023), people leaders will need to be well versed on the policies that support individuals who may need to call upon them. Adequate training is essential to improve understanding and ensure employees are supported with compassion when they are managing circumstances outside of work that may impact their wellbeing and ability to work.

Prioritising people

The evolution of workplace wellbeing trends reflects a broader commitment to creating inclusive, supportive and diverse environments – and aiming towards true equity. The strides made in 2023 lay the foundation for continued progress in 2024, as organisations recognise the imperative of prioritising the wellbeing of their most valuable assets — their people.

By championing neurodiversity, embracing gender-diversity and addressing the specific needs of individuals, workplaces can enhance employee experiences and build healthier, more resilient workforces.

To discuss how we can assist your organisation in strengthening your commitment to caring for your employees’ wellbeing and staying ahead in 2024 with your wellness strategies, contact us today.

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