It’s hard to believe that we’re edging towards the latter end of the year, and soon 2017 will be a distant memory. HR and recruiting professionals know all too well how important it is to keep an eye on the latest news affecting their industry. If you blink, you’ll miss something! It’s now November, and if you haven’t started planning for 2018 then now is certainly the time. So take 5 minutes to sit back and relax as we list 3 trends you should be following for 2018.
1. A.I. Technology To Expand
Throughout 2017, the words artificial intelligence has been ringing in the ears of most HR and recruiting professionals. In 2018, A.I. is set to grow and expand even more than anticipated. Today, people are beginning to come to terms with Artificial Intelligence and how it can make their professional lives easier. There was once a time where A.I. was some sort of next-gen technology that was only mentioned in blockbuster films set in the future.
Firstly, A.I. has reduced recruiter bias (unconscious bias) when selecting candidates. A.I. has been programmed to focus on candidate skills rather than their demographic, race and age. As a result, talented candidate’s are fed through pipelines and the quality of screening candidates is improved. Also, it allows recruiters to focus on the more important aspects of their day-to-day work. A.I. allows recruiters to be more efficient.
Modern talent acquisition technology powered by artificial technology has significantly reduced the time in sourcing quality talent for recruiters. Recruiters who put the time into learning AI technology will up-skill and ultimately increase their productivity. This will lead to better quality hires. The use of talent mapping and using multiple algorithms to analyse big data will help recruiters to engage with quality talent.
2. Remote Working On The Rise
When applying for a role in today’s market, more and more companies are offering remote working as one of their perks. And why not? With wifi connections improving, many workers are given the opportunity to work from home. According to a 2015 survey from FlexJobs, 85% of millennials would prefer the option of telecommuting full-time; while 54% would rather a flexible schedule.
Startups have begun hiring remote workers, allowing them to work from the comfort of their home full time. With the help of Augmented Reality (AR) technology, new video conferencing technology will allow people in different locations to talk to one another, whilst also sharing the same experiences within their video feeds. Let’s save that for the future- we’re not quite there just yet! There’s no denying that there are some excellent pros when one works remotely. You can free yourself from distractions, and your work-life balance is significantly improved. However, that doesn’t mean that there are no cons associated with remote working either!
If an employee finds themselves working remotely full-time, then it could seriously affect their well-being. Remote working isn’t for everyone, with many missing team comradery, something you don’t experience when working from home. But it seems that the pros outweigh the cons on this one, with companies using this perk to retain talented staff, boosting their overall satisfaction in their role.
3. Continuous Learning Is The Way Forward
Continuous learning is on the rise, with HR managers recognising the need to upskill and train their fellow employees. When it comes to learning, there should never be an end date. For any worker, it’s important that they continually develop their skills and knowledge. This will enable them to adapt to any changes in their role or company. Today, we see that technology is dominating most of L&D projects.
“Continuous learning will be a hot trend this year. HR leaders are recognizing the need to overhaul learning and development opportunities for their employees, considering that careers are now likely to span 60 years. Digital training through learning management software (LMS) is an increasingly attractive option because it gives HR teams the ability to measure employee productivity through data. It also makes for a more collaborative experience since various departments across the organization supply learning content.”
Gone are the days where people wholly rely on their high school or university education to get them through their profession. No market is static. Whether you’re an individual, group or organisation, you should always be looking to enhance your skillset. It will pay off over time and it will most certainly benefit you in the long-run.
(The articles above have been curated from various sources but not been edited by ICube staff)