Seismic shifts are coming to the world of human resources. 2018 promises to usher in an age in which things we once took for granted are radically transformed.
Some of these changes have been in the works for a while, but we’re at a pivotal point in the development of the 2018 human resources trends to keep on your radar. The moment is now to maintain a critical eye on them.
A future-proofed workforce.
It’s more than three decades since British Rock idol Hugh Cornwell predicted the “Rise of the Robots”. Now that artificial intelligence is taking its place in the jobs market, it appears that those once-fabled robots are having their special day.
All over the world, enterprises are taking steps to “future-proof” their workforces. As jobs involving repetitive tasks are slowly eliminated, employees with superior skill sets are being singled out.
Work which requires human input continues to be the norm. The trick for employers is to stream key employees into work that’s not achievable via technologically based human substitutes.
The invisible hire.
Anti-discrimination measures are now an imperative for employers everywhere. To achieve a more diverse workplace and to eliminate any semblance of discrimination early in the hiring process, blind hiring is becoming increasingly popular.
By removing any information from resumes submitted which might identify the applicant by demographic markers like age, sex, ethnic origin or economic status, employers are creating conditions whereby merit is paramount.
Any unconscious bias is precluded, allowing the best candidates to compete on an even playing field.
The absent employee.
Rising with our robotic brethren are the legions of the absent – remote workers. The internet has made all things possible, including working from a coffee shop (or at the kitchen table in one’s pajamas).
In the past 20 years, the number of remote workers has increased four-fold, now standing at just under 40% of the American workforce.
Employers may now cast a net which encompasses the world, with a pool of applicants that has grown because of the ability to telecommute. Along with this shift have come myriad new ways to communicate with remote workers, including online conferencing applications.
Today, many of us work with people we’ve never seen in person – and may never see during the course of their tenure with our common employer. This trend will continue to grow and evolve in 2018.
New headhunting strategies.
With the new transparency offered by social media, potential employees can be founded everywhere. Under a hashtag on Twitter, or in a common interest group on LinkedIn, passive job candidates gather to be seen by their colleagues.
But employers can see them too.
While the right fit may or may not be found by employing social media networking, it’s clear that online communities have made it easier for employers to clearly define their “new hire wish list”. With a veritable sea of potential employees online, the advantages are clear.
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