Even though we are almost halfway through 2017, there are still so many aspects of HR and employment that you should be keeping your eye on.
Hopefully you have been keeping up with these trends, but it’s not the end of the world if you haven’t. The good news for you is that we are here to make sure that you know them now to keep up with the times.
Here are the trends you need to keep your eye on:
Gig Economy is Expected to Boom
Everyday, more companies are turning to freelancers (“gig workers”) to get the job done. Freelance workers are thriving because they don’t want to be in an office and most companies can get work completed at a lower rate.
With these two factors at play, it is expected that over 40 percent of employees around the United States are holding contract jobs. Employees are wanting to be able to work at their own pace and not hold a traditional desk job.
With this boom come tools to help you go with the flow. For example, Linkedin has a launched a service to help you find freelancers or independent contractors in your area. Upwork, Toptal and SimplyHired have done the same to help you make this transition seamlessly.
Artificial Intelligence will Transform the Workplace
With how fast technology is advancing, it should surprise no one that AI will continue to transform business. Hopefully by 2020, AI will start to automate daily tasks and help streamline operations.
When completed, these resources should help you to recruit better employees, strengthen employee engagement and increase the bottomline by saving time and money. Integrating these systems should be a no-brainer.
Social Media Use
In some places, social media usage while on the clock is strictly prohibited. However, more than 67% of companies reported that employees regularly used social media while at work. Wouldn’t being a more social media savvy place to work be beneficial?
By allowing a little bit of social media use at work, you can increase happiness and productivity. Employees obviously shouldn’t be on Facebook or Twitter for six hours a day, but a little break every now and then wont hurt. Just like eating fast food while on a strict diet isn’t going to kill you.
The Bottom Line
Many companies are figuring out that in order to survive in today’s business climate, you need to adapt. By following these trends your business will not only survive, but success will follow because job satisfaction should increase.