HR trends are changing more and more to create employee intimacy rather than gratifying bosses. From 2015-2017 many organizations focused on doing away with performance reviews and organization charts, doing away with PowerPoint and introduction of robots in board room and use of teams rather than individuals. A company’s HR department ultimately determines whether or not the company will meet its objectives and improve performance. Many organizations recognize the vital role played by human resources. As a result, the industry keeps on evolving. In 2018, even more HR trends have evolved and organizations are embracing the use of technology in HR (HR Technology Trends).
Major HR Trends in 2018
Power to the People Approach
Over time, HR has put more focus on pleasing bosses than employees. Many organizations are now leaning towards the needs and abilities of their employees. In many organizations, communication is still mainly downwards. In 2018, HR trends are continuing where employees are encouraged to take better control of their organizations’ issues and provide solutions where possible. They do not have to rely so much on bosses.
Saying No to Fixed Jobs
Employees are expected to be flexible. Assigning specific, fixed jobs does not work anymore. Organizations are starting to look more at individual capabilities than job descriptions. Coming up with teams of people with unique abilities leads to improved performance. Employees with the job compatibility of more skills than one can be part of different teams.
With high-speed Internet, the HR trends of virtual working continue to increase where employees work from home or wherever else they please. Remote working allows an organization to hire candidates from all over the world. As it is, 37% of people in the U.S work by telecommuting. With the growing popularity of this trend, the numbers can only go up.
Computer labor is fast taking over management. Organizations are trying to retain their valuable employees in spite of it all. Employees with broad skills that can’t be accomplished solely by machines have continued to find employment, but machines may eventually take over their jobs.
HR Trends of using Recruiting Software
Human beings are naturally prone to bias. It could be based on gender, race, age or just a person’s face. In the hiring process, these issues tend to come up. To avoid them and increase diversity, companies are using software that is able to anonymize candidates. This takes away any conscious or unconscious bias.
One of the most consequential staffing decisions you will ever have to make is that of hiring a human resource manager. Doing a proper background check for this position is critical. The HR trends of increased use of technology will continue to sweep the HR functions this year. You will need to accommodate these changes if you would like to succeed.
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