6 HR Trends to Watch in 2023:
1. Diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace remain key topics in 2023. To combat concerns about a lack of diversity among employees, some HR staff are using hiring tools that help them to eliminate any bias toward race, gender, age, etc. This is also called blind hiring.
How does a company put blind hiring into practice? It could start with simple things like having candidates remove their names from their resumes and job applications before they submit them. This way managers are unable to identify their gender or ethnicity and lean towards an unconscious bias.
Another method is to have all candidates for an open position work on a test or assessment that scores their competency in one or all areas related to the job. With these results hiring managers can find the best candidate based on performance.
2. Continuous learning.
Anytime that a business can find new ways to add value by giving their employees new knowledge or skills, they should seize the opportunity. As e-learning platforms and online learning modules have become more advanced, it has become easier to train employees and continue their development within your organization.
This also makes learning more efficient, because modules can be assigned to individuals and assessments can be scored automatically, eliminating the need for lengthy group training sessions that are led by a member of your HR staff.
3. Streamlining tasks with AI.
Every workplace should be searching for ways to become more efficient. The rise of artificial intelligence is bringing with it new opportunities for efficiency by helping employers to streamline repetitive tasks. Your employment policies, hiring, benefits administration, and other important but repetitive tasks could all be handled by an AI system.
4. Hybrid work culture.
The shift to remote and flexible work arrangements initially driven by necessity during the pandemic is here to stay. While some companies seek to return to full-time on-site arrangements, flexible work options have become a major consideration for job seekers and employees. 2023 may see more companies offering hybrid or fully remote work options.
This, of course, presents its own challenges for HR when it comes to ensuring productivity as well as fostering a conducive work culture. In preparation for this, HR teams may need to revisit existing policies, develop new ones, consider new tools to facilitate hybrid work and collaboration, and find ways to maintain company culture.
5. People enablement.
You might not have heard of people enablement, it's exactly what it sounds like. In a nutshell, people enablement is the intentional use of human resources to enable a workforce to excel. This is done by providing them with the tools and resources they need to get the job done in whatever way is best for them.
People enablement allows people to take more control over their careers and performance instead of telling them exactly where and how they should use their energy. This kind of freedom is appealing in a competitive job market where people want to make the most of their skills.
Software platforms like Impraise help with people enablement by providing employees with regular performance reports and ways to submit feedback. Impraise makes communication between employees and leaders easier and helps to facilitate alignment within a company so that the culture and systems reflect the values of the employees.
6. A focus on mental health.
For far too long there was a stigma attached to mental health that made it very difficult for anyone who was struggling with depression, anxiety, or some other mental health issue. Fortunately, that is beginning to change, even in the workplace.
People who have mental health issues need to be able to talk openly about their struggles and be supported if they ever hope to overcome them. Companies that offer counseling services and have mental health awareness events will benefit from a happier, more motivated workforce. No one wants to feel like the only reason that they are valued is for their contribution to the bottom line, but with the right steps towards a safe workplace, they don't have to.
Whether you are aware of these trends, or you're reading about them for the first time, it is never too late to step up your effort and continue to develop an HR department that is keeping pace with the ever-changing landscape of work.
Pay close attention to these six trends this year, and ask yourself honestly how your business is doing in each of these areas.