5 HR Trends That Will Define 2019

From Marijuana to #MeToo, 2018 has been roller coaster ride for Human Resource professionals. At C4CM, hundreds of industry experts join us each year to discuss industry news, trends, issues and the real-life challenges that managers struggle with every day.

Having our hands constantly in the proverbial HR cookie jar allows us to put on our prognosticator caps to predict these five employee management trends for 2019.

  1. Say goodbye to cookie-cutter hiring

Say goodbye to one-size-fits-all recruitment, onboarding and professional development strategies. 2019 will be the year of personalization. Savvy organizations are rethinking the way they bring employees into the fold and adding individualization to all aspects of hiring.

  1. Funky workspaces & longboard perks piff out

Being a ‘great place to work’ used to mean the addition of colorful overstuffed couches, ball toss games in the lobby, and giving employees the freedom to travel around the office on their wheels of choice. Not anymore. Great workplaces in the new year will be defined by perks that matter including work flexibility in terms of hours and location, and initiatives that improve employee’s sense of well-being. Great employers will show employees how their work impacts the big picture, and encourage ‘make a difference’ initiatives inside and outside the organization.

  1. Candidate’s soft skills matter more

College degrees and impressive skill sets are nice. But smart employers will be looking much closer at soft skills when recruiting in 2019. Why? Adaptability and am aptitude to ‘flex-to-fit’ creates longer-term employees that remain a good fit as the company grows and changes. These types of forward-thinking retention tactics will lower hiring costs and shorten hiring processes in the new year.

  1. Turnover education on tap

In the new year, employee exits will become educational opportunities. With employee engagement a must have in this competitive employment market, more employers will study the reasons people leave, where they go, and what they did and did not like about working at the organization. Beyond exit interviews, written exit evaluations will become more anonymous in order to get the goods on what is and isn’t working.

  1. Annual employee reviews to die a long overdue death

Annual reviews of employees (dreaded by both managers and employees) will perish at many companies in 2019. Companies will lose those antiquated employee review processes in favor of methods that focus on development opportunities and continuous feedback.

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By V.L. Brunskill

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