If there is one constant in human resources, it’s change. Best practices for hiring, onboarding, and retaining employees are transforming in front of our eyes, thanks to technology and new generations in the workforce. Are you sweating already? No way, you’re playing it cool because you know that we’ll share the most significant HR trends coming down the pipeline and explain what you can do to prepare.
Mind the (pay) gap! We don’t have to tell you that compensation differences for men and women have been status quo for far too long. Recently, more organizations and leaders have turned an eye toward changing that norm and frankly, we couldn't be happier.
Leading the way is General Motors, which Fortune named the world’s best company for gender equality. GM has a female CEO and an equal number of men and women on its board, both rarities in the business world. On top of that, the company also ensuresat all levels, from entry-level employees to C-suite executives. If we were Fortune, we'd be throwing awards at GM left and right.
You may not have control of your company’s board, but you can affect recruiting, diversity, and maybe even some compensation decisions. That’s a lot of power to be used for good. Start by:
Is your company using more temporary employees and contractors? If not, you probably will be in the near future. According to MBO Partners, 16 million Americanstoday, and experts expect that figure to reach 20 million over the next two years. Countries around the world are seeing similar increases.
This presents an interesting challenge for your team. How do you onboard these temporary employees, contractors, and freelancers quickly and effectively, so they rock their job duties as well as a permanent team member and resonate with your company mission?
Have there been more Skype meetings recently or is it just us? In addition to temporary employees and contractors, remote teams of full-time employees are becoming more common. Unfortunately, most employers focus on effective onboarding only for on-site employees, not remote hires.
Don’t let your remote hires flounder! Adapt your orientation process to fit offsite workers as well.
You’ve probably heard of artificial intelligence, but did you know that those crafty little machines are becoming more emotionally intelligent? That’s right, AI is getting a heart… kind of. As more workplaces utilize these systems, developers have recognized the need for them to “read” people when communicating. The result: AI that picks up on clues like motivation, intent, and tone of voice.
It sounds creepy, but pair this with people analytics (data-driven analytics that guide hiring and retention) and you’ve got a powerful arsenal of techy HR tools. You can:
Growth hacking. If you’re looking for the quick and dirty version, it's rapid experimentation to assess the most efficient ways to grow your business. Although it’s been applied mostly to customer acquisition and marketing, growth hacking has recently crept into HR, hiring, and onboarding. Let's get to hackin':
More than 75% of Millennials believe that afor their generation. Employees expect more autonomy at work today, and that’s a good thing for both them and employers. Research shows that a can lead to more and better sleep, higher energy levels, decreased psychological distress and angst over work-life balance, and cost savings associated with happier and healthier employees and greater retention.
Give your current and future employees what they want—a, flexible working schedule, and some of these creative perks.