Top 5 trends in HR in 2017

The workplace is changing in big ways in this new year and these are some of the top trends that you might find in your workplace and how to be prepared for the change. The workplace is in constant evolution, along with their employees, procedures, and technology, and this brings along constant change. Companies should be prepared to change when the time comes to adapt their procedures and tools to match their team and context.

1 – Candidate and employee experience becomes a priority

For many years, companies have focused on creating the perfect customer experience through marketing strategies. This, in turn, has increased loyalty and revenues for years, so now Human Resources has realized the value behind it and is turning internally to the company. In 2017, Human Resources are now tapping into marketing and customer service insight developing experiences for both employees and new candidates. Employees and candidates are now going online and offering reviews about their experience and this is something that is changing the way job search works.  Procedures like notifying applicants about their status in the hiring process are vital, and when employees don’t get any kind of contact will most likely never send another application to a hiring process in that company again. This negative experience will possibly turn away future candidates as most comments and experiences can go viral nowadays on social media. By previous candidates spreading the word about negative candidate experiences, you’ll be missing out on some of the top talents in the market. Additionally, you’ll find the current employees’ experience will be just as vital to your talent acquisition in the future. Ensure employee experience by offering training, improving work spaces, and giving more rewards for a job well done. All in all taking care of the experience that people have when they encounter your company will go a long way.

2 – Blended workforce increase changes the panorama of companies

In the past couple of years, companies have found the advantages to hiring freelance employees and the virtues of the blended workforce. Projects are now being worked on by teams if full-time employees and freelancers each one bringing to the table their experience and know how. Being prepared as a company to explore blended alternatives of working. This trend is picking up and bringing to the workforce a whole new way of handling things. Companies can begin to start exploring remote workers, telecommuting and other alternatives that will suit your company and its needs, all while offering your employees the best possible experience as part of your organization.

Related article: 5 Keys to efficiently manage remote teams.

3 – Ongoing reviews replace yearly reviews

Human Resources has long discussed the possibility of getting rid of annual performance reviews, especially nowadays when the fast-paced technological world has prepared a different kind of professional. Today’s professionals are expecting immediate and instant feedback and/or gratification, similar to what they experience on social networks. Studies have proven that most employees don’t see the benefit behind annual feedback reports, which based on their responses don’t help to improve performance. The new generation of professionals prefer to receive daily, weekly or regular feedback to be able to make adjustments and performance improvements in shorter spans of time. Companies that have followed suit in changing up the performance review process, have seen great results through productivity increase.

4 – A whole new breed of professionals

Younger employees are now entering the workplace will transform the panorama once again, with younger professionals bringing along with them new demands and more technology. This new evolution of companies could drive a greater wedge between younger and older employees so it will be important to analyze the different strategies your company will undertake to ensure a good working environment, where each employee, regardless of age, can be productive. The transformation has to be fit to hold this new workforce with younger faces, but still align with the company’s interests and the older generation of employees.

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5 – Incorporate technologies in the workplace

2016 brought with it a lot of advances in technology like augmented and virtual reality. Many of the younger generations are requesting and suggesting that their companies get on board and include these newer technologies in corporate procedures, products, and services. Facebook and Apple are already making great strides in including this tech in their new products, but the increase for 2017 is almost inevitable. Having access to this tech outside of the office will be the reason why most employees will want to have the same tech inside of the workplace. VR is already making its way into some company’s procedures, like offering virtual reality tours for potential new employees, or to explore machinery.

All of these changes, among others, will revolutionize the workplace and to ensure that you can keep up your company will need to, not only analyze the trends themselves but how these trends will affect the rest of the workplace paperwork, procedures, and legal contracts.

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