2019 HR Trend Watch

January 2, 2019

For any business to succeed its leaders must analyze and plan constantly. As we approach the end of another year those two words could not be more true. Throughout 2018, the HR industry dove into discussions on diversity, sexual harassment, inclusion initiatives and artificial intelligence (AI). But as we move into a new year, we move into a new set of issues. The current unemployment rate is the lowest we’ve seen in over 40 years, standing at 3.7%. This means the competition for acquiring top talent is at its peak. It has never been more important for organizations to take a look in the mirror and make necessary changes in preparation for a new year.

While many companies have already begun their 2019 planning, we’re here to provide some insight on what to keep a look out for over the next few months. This blog expands on a few trends we believe employers will encounter in 2019.

1) Technology will take the spotlight.   

Talking about the future means talking about technology. And in the HR arena, we’re talking about AI technology in particular. The implementation of artificial intelligence and mobile technology in the workplace stands tall as the top HR trend to watch in 2019. Throughout the past year, engineers have continued to invest time and manpower into developing AI technology that can be integrated with typical workplace operations. AI’s prominence will only increase in 2019. Machine learning and AI technology pave the way for innovation within operational tasks such as staffing and allotting PTO. While this technology has far to go before it’s perfected, integrating AI technology can help in overall work flow and let teams better focus on work and your vision.

2)    Employers are looking for chemistry rather than accolades.  

Great team chemistry fosters great workplaces. And a bad hire can damage chemistry quickly. In order to preserve a healthy working environment, employers should hire people who fit in to it and can help it grow. That’s why more employers are using their company culture to help guide hiring decisions. Employers want people who genuinely care about the people they work with and for. Hiring someone who doesn’t have common goals or share the company vision can deeply affect your team and environment. A best practice for employers to implement when going through the hiring process is to make their company values, processes and mission known during the onboarding process. Explaining these things early on can help employers detect any problem candidates and ensure that the right people are hired. We look forward to this being a larger conversation in the new year.

3) Flexibility in the workplace. 

Today’s candidates look beyond salary when considering offers. More people are prioritizing mental health. That’s why candidates are now looking at more than just a number, they are looking for a healthy and livable working environment. Research shows us that the majority of the top places to work are offering their employees incentives and extra perks that live outside of health insurance and 401k matches. These companies are offering things such as:

Flexible work schedules 

– Unlimited PTO 

– Telecommuting 

– Wellness programs

– On-site amenities (gym, unique work spaces, childcare, etc.) 

– Compressed work schedules 

Some organizations have already introduced a few of these by implementing 4-day work weeks, summer hours and unlimited PTO. With this conversation continuing to grow into the new year, employers are encouraged to assess their current employee benefits, wellness packages and salaries to ensure they remain competitive with other organizations in their field.

We can help. 

We’re here to help you stay on top of emerging trends and new ideas that could benefit your organization. On top of wanting your company to be successful, we also want you to attract top talent. That’s why our team of professionals offer a variety of administrative, strategic and operational human resource services. By ensuring that your workforce is happy and your workplace is healthy, you can spend more time focusing on the big picture and less time taking care of unwanted tasks that eat up time in your day.

At SourcePointe, we utilize our industry-experience to provide you with a multitude of customizable HR services, support, and solutions. All so your business can do one thing – more business. We’ll provide tailor-made solutions that fit your company’s needs while providing a solid return on your investment that pays off immediately – and for many years after that. 

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