Top HR Trends to Focus on This Busy Season

Last Updated: October 18, 2018
 

HR is moving fast, and if you want to stay on top of the challenges and trends, there’s plenty you can do to attract, retain, and build on your talented workforce. We were recently lucky enough to talk with some of the most innovative thought-leaders in HR and shared some of their thinking on key trends in 2018 and beyond. 

We think it’s worth exploring some of those key trends a little further and what they could mean for your business. 

Driving Location Independence and the Mobile Enterprise

More and more employees want the freedom to work from anywhere — whether that’s at home, at a remote office, in a coffee shop, or on the road. Investing in technologies that make you a mobile-first business, allows you to hire from anywhere in the world, attracts a wider pool of talent, and reduces your office space costs.

Building a Powerful Employer Brand

It’s getting increasingly difficult to compete for the best talent. The job market is ideal for top-tier candidates right now, with the best companies trying to outbid each other to attract and retain star employees. Part of appealing to these candidates is building up a strong employer brand around areas like:

  • Flexible working and location independence.
  • Collaborative technology and the mobile enterprise.
  • Support for employees with challenging home situations.
  • Incentives beyond the financial.

If you get your employer brand right, it’s easier to build a story around recruitment and working at your organization, and turn your existing employees into advocates when you’re attracting new talent.

Taking Advantage of Temporary Work Marketplaces

Sometimes, you’ll need to hire for staff shortages or seasonal trends. That’s where apps and marketplaces like Wonolo can be extremely helpful. You’ll be able to bolster your temporary workforce in 24 hours and save time and money. Plus, you’ll be able to identify the best of your temporary hires and offer them permanent positions.

Some apps, like Wonolo, also let you rate temporary hires, so you can track their work over time and give honest feedback on performance.

Using Freelance Marketplaces for High-Skilled People on Defined Projects

If you need rapid, professional expertise, there are plenty of freelance marketplaces where you can hire expert designers, programmers, writers, artists, and other technical and creative freelancers. Although you will likely pay a freelancer more than you would if you were hiring someone, the flexibility of work and their ability to hit the ground running means it’s money well spent. 

Outsourcing HR Administrative Processes

There’s a strong drive to have in-house HR employees focus on value-adds for the business. Many of the lower-value, semi-automated tasks can easily be outsourced to free up time for other activities. This might include payroll, benefits administration, healthcare and retirement planning, and other day-to-day HR management processes.

Introducing Employee Referral Programs

Similar to building an employer brand, employee referral programs are another great way to find the talent you need. Give employees the opportunity to introduce a friend or former colleague as a high-potential candidate, and those recommendations can really help your recruitment process. You can incentivize both your current employee and the person they bring in through cash or other rewards.

Hiring Employees for Flexibility and Autonomy

Management styles themselves are changing, and many businesses are moving away from a direction and delegation management style, to a more supportive one, giving high-potential employees the ability to work how, where, and when they want. This level of autonomy drives productivity and also helps an employee to feel that their time and skillset is more valued, resulting in better results for everyone.
We hope you’ve found this review helpful — for more deep insight and forward-thinking, be sure to check out our blog post: 25 Hiring Managers & HR Pros Reveal the Biggest Trends in Human Resources & Hiring/Staffing for 2018 & Beyond.


Steph Campos

Steph is the Sr. Communications Manager for Wonolo. Focused on highlighting trending topics and compelling stories.

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