As coronavirus cases surge, many employees will likely continue to request time off to quarantine and isolate. Although COVID-19 is not yet a recognized disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Rochester said employers must reasonably accommodate employees’ COVID-related disabilities that may create new or different circumstances for them in the workplace.
10 Ways Human Resources Will Change in 2022
A great human resources (HR) department is of utmost value to any company. These are the individuals responsible for fielding job applicants, bringing in the most qualified ones and retaining talented employees once they’re hired. The tactics that HR departments use to recruit and retain employees are always changing – especially during the “new normal” brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the Black Lives Matter movement and other social justice efforts highlighted in 2020, many employers and HR teams have changed tunes when it comes to prioritizing diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace. Having a diverse and inclusive workplace is not only the right thing to do, it can also benefit your business. Properly implemented diversity and inclusion training programs and initiatives can help with talent acquisition, employee engagement and productivity, company reputation, and employee retention.
HR departments will lean on technology for automated HR processes.
Jared Rosenthal, CEO and founder of the automated onboarding and screening system StaffGlass, said HR departments have recently experienced a massive acceleration in the push towards the use of cloud software to automate and manage their workflows – and this trend is expected to increase in 2021.
Although many companies already use software for some of their recruiting and onboarding services, the coronavirus pandemic created a bigger need for digitizing these processes. HR teams in 2021 are expected to embrace virtual HR processes like remote recruiting and automated onboarding.
“The end of the pandemic in 2021 will not stop the push toward automating HR services,” Rosenthal told Business News Daily. “It’s simple: If you’re going to compete in the post-pandemic world, you need to move as much to the cloud as possible, including seemingly offline HR activities like drug testing and pre-employment occupational health testing.”
Small business HR processes are not immune from the need for efficiencies, technological innovations, and cloud-based computing, he added. HR management should analyze the possibility of remotely hiring and onboarding new employees.
7 Key Talent and HR Trends: Research, Case Studies, and Insights for the Year Ahead
One of the toughest parts of identifying trends is getting caught up in what the "cool" companies are doing. Every firm doesn’t have the budget of a Google, Facebook, or Apple, so what are the real trends in talent acquisition? In this webinar we will examine the research that supports key trends in the world of recruiting, from the increased focus on hiring from within and greater exploration of experience design to the expansion of the recruiting technology "stack" beyond the applicant tracking system, and how AI is losing its luster for some employers.
AI in employee management
Talent management is a hectic process with lots of last-minute changes, requests to monitor, and openings to fill. To streamline employee management, hiring teams actively turn to artificial intelligence. In the future, artificial intelligence will be one of the most influential human resource technology trends. It’ll help automate most monitoring operations, leaving managers with more time to plan, strategize, learn, and work on personal development. AI is also gaining ground in the actual screening process where companies can potentially gain a massive efficiency boost by using AI recruiting tools. Many vendors are claiming their AI-driven systems can help reduce a pool of several hundred applicants down to a shortlist of the 5-6 with the highest potential.
Company brand perception impacts a lot of the processes inside and outside the company. It is essential for the recruitment process, as it can influence the type of applicants interested in the company, their skill ceiling, and cost-per-hire.
That’s why one of the notable human resources technology trends is the inclusion of specific social media branding tools, integration of HR and management software with social media, and the inclusion of advertisements into HR companies’ conduct. Another one of the best HR tech trends worth noting is the encouragement of employee brand advocacy.
Human resources trends
In market segments linked to technology and innovation, the home office format has been a reality for at least a decade and a half. But if the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything — in terms of labor relations — it is that this model is the future of the labor market.
Advanced feedback tools
Surveys are no longer simple questionnaires to play an important role in the development of people: to contribute so that contractors and contractors are really connected towards common goals, seeking profitability through communication and engagement.
Composing a high-performance team is a current challenge that will not cease to exist in the next decade. And the role of leaders is fundamental for human capital to reach this level, especially in a complicated and competitive scenario like the current one. Trends in human resource management
The problem is that market uncertainties do not only affect entrepreneurs. Leaders, who should maintain engagement at work , may also have difficulty recognizing their ability to lead teams and transform the organization’s results.
It is necessary, then, to think about training these professionals. And we are talking about going beyond training: betting on innovative strategies to improve the skills of these professionals.
The highlight is the complementary leadership, a model that bets on the partnership between two or more leaders so that they can act in an integrated way in managing teams, enhancing the quality of the projects created and solving problems.
Whether on the subway, waiting for lunch or in the waiting room for a doctor’s appointment, the technological resources of the new cell phones are keeping us company. They will be an increasingly present reality to bring dynamism to the activities of the human resources sector.
Recruitment through applications and atypical work formats – such as the home office and co-working spaces – are increasingly desired by a generation of talented professionals who grew up with the technological evolution.
And in this scenario, the traditional office hours can lose space. Companies that recognize the positions that can have their routines easily relaxed, and apply this concept, will guarantee the formation of the best teams in the market. Keep an eye! Trends in human resource management
13 Human Resources Trends Expected In H2 2020
To say the field of human resources has gone through a few changes in 2020 is somewhat of an understatement. HR has gone through a sweeping transformation that has turned it into something better and more efficient at meeting the modern workforce’s needs.
Even so, as with all industries, the more things change, the more they remain the same. Trends are still one of the most critical tools for an HR department. Knowing what trends will be popular before they pick up can be eye-opening for any HR department. Here, 13 experts from Forbes Human Resources Council predict the trends they see rising in the second half of 2020 and explain why they’ll be so popular.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) will become a bigger trend in the coming months. The world is changing right before our eyes, and HR practitioners will need to support the positive and not-so-positive changes that are occurring. DEI is not new, but the lens by which HR practitioners will have to manage this topic will require fresh ideas and strategies that speak to the now. – Tina R. Walker, California Community Foundation
With the global health pandemic, racial injustices and inequality surrounding us, it is even more important for organizations to look inward and take a clear, public stance on social issues. As a result, diversity and inclusion initiatives will be of paramount importance now more than ever, and employees will hold their companies accountable to such initiatives. – Sarika Lamont , E3/Sentinel
I think it’s back to the most fundamental aspects of our shared humanity and that’s caring about people and putting them first. I think we will see a heightened interest in workplace culture and climate surveys, employee listening sessions and town hall meetings. Further, the diversity, equity and inclusion work of HR will be front and center as we strive toward anti-racist work environments. – Courtney Peterson, Sidwell Friends School
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We expect to see improvements in workplace technology systems. With the drastic changes that organizations had to implement recently, having better collaboration tools, remote connectivity platforms (i.e., VPNs) and stronger IT infrastructures will be key. Additionally, enhanced employee training will be essential, so that employees are better equipped to transition both in/out of office effectively with little to no disruptions. – Jennifer Beezer, SPHR, SHRM-CP, FOREO Inc.
Human resources leaders will elevate more broadly to culture champions. There’s a surprising percentage of executive leaders that do not feel HR has a place championing organizational culture even though they’re often relied on as the front line defense against hiring those who do not fit culturally. Company culture is an employee relations and retention tool, after all. – Bryan Passman, Hunter + Esquire
COVID-19 will force much-needed change in employer-sponsored health plans — a fundamental change in how employers and employees share in both cost and benefits’ value. The incentive for change is strong, and the data and technology we need to do it exist. As a result, more employers will embrace better plan design based on the tenets of personalization, choice, flexibility and cost certainty. – Jenna Obrycki Upgren, Bind Benefits, Inc.
The caution in hiring will continue. The recent pandemic has significantly changed business models, forcing some organizations out of business and requiring others to significantly adjust. It has driven home the possibility that all your revenue sources can dry up overnight. No employer wants to go to a point of layoffs, and hence organizations will be cautious over the next few months in hiring. – Amee Parekh, Uber Technologies
Companies will continue to allow employees to work from home as uncertainty regarding the resurgence of the coronavirus and the creation of a vaccine continues until 2021. Additionally, working from home may be an enduring outcome from the pandemic as companies are able to see that productivity and engagement has not suffered and they are able to realize cost savings from lower office expenses. – Phyllis Wright, Ph.D., Council for Inclusion in Financial Services (CIFS)
A focus on mental health and well-being would become a central part of the HR agenda. Emotional well-being — not just financial incentives — would be a factor a prospective candidate would look for in the employer value proposition. Emotional well-being, not onsite perks, would define what a great place to work would look like. – Vineet Gambhir, Contemporary Leadership Advisors
Employee experience will increase remarkably. In today’s economic climate, employees must be prioritized without compromise. That means understanding what motivates productivity, recognizing and allowing diverse versions of work/life flexibility, reimagining traditional work processes — for instance, adopting on-demand pay so employees can have easier access to earned wages when they need them. – Susan Tohyama, Ceridian
In the next several months, there will be more focus on the remote work experience and how to make working from home part of the new norm as we transition into the next stage of COVID-19. Companies will need to balance revenue and commercial forecasts with a workforce that may still be uncomfortable with commutes, meetings and being back at their desk. – Polina Wilson, Unruly ®
Learning and development will take on more importance for HR organizations. Remote working and flexible work schedules are no longer the competitive differentiators they once were. HR teams will need to ensure their ability to grow and develop employees is an organizational priority so you can attract and retain top talent. – Jessica Adams, Brad’s Deals
We expect to see a greater and intentional focus on the human at the center of work. There is an awakening happening due to the pandemic and societal injustices that are inspiring more leaders and cultures to take a brand stand that puts humans first. People leaders that back up their brand stand with actions will result in creating better business outcomes and, at the same time, support overall well-being. – Keri Higgins Bigelow, LivingHR, Inc.
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Human resources trends
Burke and Ng (2006) observed that modern organizations are grappling with a number of emerging issues in regard to the management of employees. These include diversity, the issue of an aging workforce, and the deficiency of skills in the modern work environment.
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Collings (2009) opines that human resource management can be well understood by dividing it into five main areas. These include staffing, human resource development, employee compensation and benefits, employees and labor relations, and safety and health.
Staffing is a critical function of human resource management as it entails practices and processes that ensure that organizations attract and acquire highly skilled and competent employees. Without the attraction of the right skills and competencies, then it becomes quite difficult for organizations to establish flexible working systems that are vital contributors to the fulfillment of organizational goals (Collings, 2009).
Collings (2009) observed that human resource development goes hand in hand with staffing. Organizations are supposed to channel these skills and competencies towards organizational achievement after they have acquired the right skills and competencies. Therefore, it is important for human resource management to embrace training as a way of ensuring that the skills and competencies are applied in the right way for the sake of organizational performance.
Most organizations now embrace strategic management, where the equation of organizational performance largely comprises of the inputs of the employees as defined by the organizational managers. The most desirable way through which the employees can fully dedicate themselves to organizational work is by ensuring their financial and non-financial needs are met. This takes place through the schemes of employee motivation, such as compensation and benefits (Brown, Sturman & Simmering, 2003).
Employee compensation and benefits are labor practices that characterize labor relations. Labor relations entail the steps that are taken by the organization in ensuring that the employees maintain positive relations with the organization. In other words, labor relations go beyond the normal compensation schemes as organizational managers are supposed to dig deep into all the policies and legislation that lead to best labor practices, which in turn position organizations strategically in the labor market (Collings, 2009).
Collings (2009) opined that the health and safety of employees have to be guaranteed if employees have to dedicate their energy towards organizational success completely. Most organizations are embracing diverse schemes with the aim of assuring employees of better consideration of their health and standards of safety, something that is contributing to lesser worry among the employees and motivating them to perform better.
Federal equal employment opportunity laws
Among the most renowned equal employment opportunities in the United States are the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It is important to mention that these laws are safely guarded and enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, n.d.).
Contrary to the early times where less attention was paid to people with disabilities in employment, organizations are now compelled to consider people with disabilities in employment following the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For example, the organization where I work has developed special stairs for employees with disabilities, which help them to move without difficulties.
Cases of intentional discrimination have subsided in organizations because of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, where organizations have been forced to embrace non-discriminatory practices. With the Equal Pay Act, women in the workplace have been empowered as women no longer have to fear to compete for positions with men (The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, n.d.).
Machine Learning & Hiring
Let’s say a major corporation receives ten thousand of resumes every year. Let’s say they make a thousand hires every year. Let’s say that 500 of those work and 500 do not. Let’s say that this large corporation keeps all the data surrounding these 10,000 applications and 1,000 hires.
They keep track of who saw the job ad where. They keep track of all the applicants’ resumes and they come up with a way to categorize all the data contained in those resumes. They even include applicants’ social media activities in the data they obtain and keep. They keep track of their standardized, structured interview process. They keep track of the language used in the correspondence. They keep absolutely every piece of data that pertains to the applicants.
The software discovers that a certain job ad website yields more successful hires. A certain interviewer is better at identifying the right talent than other interviewers. People who use a certain type of social media turn out to be better employees. The possibilities are endless, especially when you factor in combinations of individual factors and patterns.
A software that utilizes machine learning is the only kind of entity that can hope to analyze all this data and find the patterns. A human HR professional could never do something like this. A traditional, coded piece of HR software could never do this.
It should be pointed out, however, that some of the patterns and tendencies will turn out to be false positives and that a human will need to have the final decision when all is said and done. This kind of advanced analysis and pattern recognition can greatly increase the success rates of hiring decisions.
10 – Striking a balance between machines and workers
New technologies pose a new challenge for all employees, and also for human resources leaders. What kind of jobs can be replaced by machines and what ones should be performed only by people? The answer to this question calls for a redesign of jobs, the organization of companies and, indeed, the future of the company itself.
Deloitte believes that the key lies in identifying “essential human skills” and combining them with the best machines, robots and automation technology. While many companies may be worried about the negative impact of the technological revolution, they should see it as a huge opportunity: combining workers and machines (which some people call the “augmented workforce”) may create new jobs, boost productivity and allow workers to focus on the human aspects of work.
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