1. Artificial Intelligence and Recruiting Technology
Modern technology will be increasingly relied upon in 2019, as artificial intelligence (AI) only becomes more common. We’ve already seen AI being incorporated heavily into chatbots for a more personalised experience online. HR needs to adapt to this trend, as AI looks to become the virtual personal assistant for HR professionals. AI will one day automate tasks such as scheduling meetings, finding candidates on sites such as LinkedIn and asking interview questions. Recruiting technology will also help HR professionals save time as the process will be optimised and will enable companies to focus on strong talent areas. Allowing HR professionals to spend more time on relationship-building rather than recruiting. So, be sure to keep an eye out for new HR technology developments and don’t be afraid to incorporate them into your business.
2. Bye, Bye to Standard 9 to 5 – hello atypical working
Atypical working arrangements are on the rise with more workers seeking flexibility that better supports their lifestyles. Blended workforces are continuing to grow with more businesses adapting and including full-time, part-time, casual, freelance, and remote working employees. As employees are being pushed to deliver more with less, unconventional styles of working will evolve further and become more popular. This trend will challenge HR professionals, as they work to merge traditional practices with new flexible arrangements.
3. Continuous learning
Another trend we’ve seen in 2018 that will continue in 2019 is the need to upskill employees. Keeping the skills of your workforce up-to-date in this fast-changing world, is a very real problem many companies face. Technology now makes it easier than ever to balance study and work, or even install an in-house learning and development program. But remember to also use the expertise within your own company. Harnessing peer-to-peer learning can be an efficient and cost-effective method to increase skills, and knowledge transferred is likely to be more relevant. If you haven’t already considered further training for your employees, then do so today!
4. Employee Experience
Once upon a time, client experiences were all companies focused on, but 2019 will see this focus shift more and more to employee experience. Employee experience is also directly linked to a company’s culture which is a key factor that can either deter or attract talent. Improving the employee experience does not only drive engagement, but employers are more likely to retain their employees. HR professional will need to focus on building an internally conducive atmosphere for its employees. Happy employees = higher engagement & stronger company culture.
If you want to make 2019 the year you improve your business performance through HR, then get in contact with Akyra Strategy and Development, for a free consultation.
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