HR Trends to Watch for in 2023
HR experts are on their toes since the pandemic. With extensive disturbances and drastic changes in the ways of working, it has been a roller coaster ride for HR professionals to match up with the evolving trends at workplaces. HR activities such as talent acquisition, recruitment, employee engagement, training and development, and planning have undergone massive changes leaving HR experts to unlearn and relearn various business aspects for functioning.
In any organization, HR experts go beyond planning and discussing. They implement HR trends, policies, and practices which transform their organization. HR leaders have a unique responsibility of bringing the best employee-centric practices resonating throughout the organization.
Following the popular and lucrative trends in the market and matching up to the employee expectations has become important for every HR team to bring a change and add value to their organization. Hence, companies are heavily dependent on the HR experts and the trends they set for bringing talent, skills, and stellar experiences to their company teams. As HR professionals have to manage the “future of work” in a world of uncertainties, HR teams truly have their work cut out for the year 2023.
Let us look at these trends that stirred up experimentation and transformed the way employees function across the globe.
Focus on employee well-being and developing an “employee-centric work ecosystem”
According to Mineral’s 2022 states of HR report, having strong employee morale during the COVID-19 pandemic showed an 83% increase in the revenue growth rate. Engaging employees in programs such as physical exercise and training, nutrition and dietary suggestions, emotional support, and mental well-being has become a priority since the pandemic.
A sharp focus on employee well-being will be important even in 2023. With changing dynamics in the working environment, employees look for organizations offering critical care, insurance, childcare, and other medical benefits. Employers offering paid time off, mandatory leaves, and compensatory offs will be lucrative options for employees in 2023. Developing an employee-centric strategy will help HR teams in setting work boundaries and flourishing employer-employee relationships in an organization.
Redefining company culture
Looking into the company culture and bringing in increased transparency in terms of diversity, equity, and inclusion has become imperative for the HR teams. Adopting ways to establish an inclusive work culture is important for the employees. It helps to bring a sense of trust and accountability leading to increased employee satisfaction as well as employee retention rate.
Factors such as setting achievable KPIs (key performance indicators), appreciation for employees’ accomplishments, fair increment and promotion processes, and other competitive employee benefits help in maintaining a healthy work culture for the employees. This gives employees equal opportunities to grow and be successful in their organizations.
In addition, it helps companies maximize their profits while building a diverse, engaged, and competitive workforce. In the 2018 BCG report, employees with diverse and transparent work cultures were observed to show increased productivity and 19% higher revenue in comparison to traditional work cultures.
Learning opportunities for employee
Considering the pace of technological evolution, upskilling and reskilling employees’ skills is one of the top HR priorities. As companies roll into the new year, investing in training programs and interactive sessions can prepare employees for the future of work. In addition, a higher retention rate is observed if employees receive training and professional development programs during their working period.
Training and reskilling the employees can motivate them to take ownership and lead their projects independently. Upskilling and reskilling is a robust strategy for keeping the business productive and competitive.
Flexible working aka remote and hybrid working strategies
A report by People at Work 2022: A Global Workforce View, from ADP Research Institute (ADPRI), found that 64% of employees considered looking for other jobs if they were asked to continue with full-time in-office work.
Hybrid working and work-from-home options are favored by employees and have very much become the new normal for many companies. In addition, employees demonstrate higher productivity while working remotely rather than the 9-to-5 office schedule.
Facilitating clear internal communications, conducting interviews, meetings, and onboarding processes via modern communication and collaboration tools can facilitate smoother employee collaboration and onboarding. Automation can help reduce the tedious, time-consuming processes, and help HRs and managers to better connect with their employees. This ensures trust and support to employees when they need it the most.
As more and more companies switch to remote and hybrid working in 2023, HR experts play a vital role in designing strategies that guarantee a positive outcome even with remote or hybrid working.
Focus on employee retention
Over recent years, employers are prioritizing retention of talent and transitioning towards an employee-driven work ecosystem. In a world full of news about constant lay-offs, outsourcing, and quiet quitting, HR professionals need to develop strategies for employee retention. The strategies are in the right direction for supporting employees to nurture their talent within the organizations. Beyond company success, benefits, and competitive salaries, HR experts need strong strategies for retaining employees in the era of job switching and remote working.
Digitization for enhanced employee engagement
HR teams can use various digital platforms to make it easy for employees to communicate and stay in touch with the HR teams. Employees by now have become comfortable with rapid digitization. Hence, digital tools and intuitive software can help in enhancing employee experience and accelerate organizational efficiency by eliminating distractions from the HR processes.
As we enter 2023, it brings a window of opportunity to develop an employee-centric culture that not only maximizes performance and productivity but also focuses on employee experience and the future of work. With emerging trends like employee benefits, hybrid working, and automation of HR practices, it is safe to say that HR teams will be on top of their game to bring with them their people-first strategies and give the best possible experience to their staff.