Due to the fact that the dynamic of the workforce has changed so much over the last couple of years, companies are looking to their Human Resource department to come up with innovative ideas to face the challenges of the new way of work.
Looking at some of the key insights of what 2022 and 2023 predict for the Human Resource departments, it is becoming more apparent that one of the key challenges is adapting to the flexibility required to make the hybrid work model a success.
Initially the idea of working remotely was linked or rather thought to be limited to the time period of the epidemic but as time goes by more and more companies have adapted to the hybrid model and have realized it is here to stay!
Below are some key insights to enable the department that is predominantly the most effected by the hybrid model and upcoming trends to be ready for during 2023.
Flexibility is the new orange
The main challenge for the HR team is that you have to do your traditional screening, interviews, onboarding etc. remotely instead of physically having your employees with you. HR departments had to embrace new technology and processes to ensure that they are able to accommodate doing everything remotely. Flexibility is one of the benefits that employees are now expecting to be part of their employment contract and is a vital part of attracting talent.
Generation Z versus the existing workforce
Although Millennials have been entering the workforce over the last couple of years, generation Z will soon be graduating and entering the workforce. This generation enjoy flexible work schedules and thrive on constant contact with and feedback from their managers. It will be challenging for HR to manage the new generation and the current workforce that have been in the market for a long time. Doing this remotely will be made even more challenging.
Employee management aps
Technology will always evolve and it is the trend to have an all-in-one Employee Management App. These allow for easy and efficient onboarding, enhances employee training experience, gives opportunity for employee appreciation and recognition, bridges communication gaps, and some even have a time tracking built in for ease of payroll processing.
Employee physical and emotional wellness
With the high level of stress and awareness of looking after your physical health that the pandemic has created over the last few years, this will be one of HR’s key focus areas for a long time to come. Employee assistance programs for mental stress and general good health practices will be key.
Companies are focusing heavily on retaining talent, therefore investment in training programs and internal advancement opportunities has started rearing its head. The challenge for HR is to be able to identify internal talent and growth instead of looking for them externally. Some HR leaders are even incentivizing employees for staying longer at the company.
Record pay rises
Employees’ expectations have risen in direct proportion to the current record-high inflation rate. Therefore it is important for the HR team to plan for the expected increase in company raises to ensure that they retain good talent.
Owning the employer brand
It is important to have a powerful employer brand to attract and retain best talents in today’s competitive labour market. This might be thought to fall within the Brand teams but it is important for HR to understand the role they play in having a powerful employer brand. Giving focus on careers sight, having a talent community and nourishing company culture and able to grow a sophisticated attraction strategy is some of the things HR will have to focus on for 2023.
Don’t neglect the human element
There has been such an influx of different technology in the HR space but AI and software will never replace the human element required in HR. There are still the human issues such as mental health, staff turnover and physical health that HR will have to deal with.
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