Human resources professionals have dealt with a range of new challenges throughout the pandemic and the ensuing changes. Some of these changes have been especially difficult, while others have required creative solutions and thinking outside the box. We’ve put together a few of the hot topics that are likely to impact HR professionals in 2022. Keep reading to be prepared for what you might expect in your role.
Attracting and Retaining Top Talent
Finding talented individuals to join your team isn’t a new challenge, but it’s something that’s been particularly difficult over the past few months. Keeping top employees engaged and happy is another struggle, particularly among today’s workforce. According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report, approximately 85% of employees around the world feel actively disengaged or not engaged with their jobs.
Some of the factors that affect an organization’s ability to attract and retain talent include:
- A widening skills gap
- Declining average tenure among employees
- Record-low unemployment numbers
It’s tough to find the right candidates when your job postings don’t reach a wide audience. A long-winded and jargon-filled posting doesn’t appeal to a potential new hire the way a brief, easy-to-scan post does. Making changes to the way your department actively seeks and brings on new hires can make a big difference in your overall hiring and retention strategy.
Connecting to Employees
It’s important that employees feel connected to their workplaces. As mentioned, a large portion of the global workforce feels disengaged from their work, and this can translate to poor service and a negative impact on the customer. The Deloitte 2019 Human Capital Trends Report stated that “the concept of employee experience falls short in that it fails to capture the need for meaning in work that people are looking for.”
Employers of all sizes and across all industries must find ways to engage and connect with their employees to boost productivity, increase retention, and provide the support their staff members need to thrive.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Organizations of all sizes are making changes to ensure that their compensation, hiring, and promotion practices are inclusive and equitable. Some inclusive hiring practices have made legal strides, including the “ban the box” movement that has resulted in over 30 states and hundreds of counties and cities removing the criminal record box from job applications. Additional legal changes are likely to come that promote inclusion, equity, and diversity across various industries.
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