The Biggest Changes We’re Seeing in the HR Industry

July 26, 2017 | 1,733 views

The Biggest Changes We're Seeing in the HR Industry

The Biggest Changes We’re Seeing in the HR Industry

Like any industry, the HR industry sees its share of ebbs and flows. Trends arise and, as they do, some stay on shore while others flow right back out with the tide.


This year, we’ve seen a few changes that we’re convinced will last – at least in the foreseeable future. These changes are important for the future of HR departments across the board.


Here are the biggest new trends we’re seeing hit the world of HR.

Multi-Generational Workforces Are Increasing

The first time Generation Z graduated and entered the workforce was 2016. Now, it’s not just Millennials working with Baby Boomers. We’ve seen a whole new generation get added to the mix. That addition doesn’t come without friction.


Just like we saw when Millennials entered the workforce, Generation Z has their own set of demands when it comes to rewards, office types, and flexibility. Although the bulk of Generation Z and Millennials say their workplace meets their expectations, according to Randstad USA, there are still bound to be differences of opinions and HR departments need to be ready to take those on head first.


Equality in the Workplace is Taking Center Stage

Perhaps it was the 2016 Presidential Election. Or perhaps the conversation came to the forefront before that. Regardless, organizations have become increasingly aware of the importance of embracing diversity.


And it’s not just gender related either. More organizations are working to promote equality in the workplace so that everyone has the opportunity to thrive regardless of race, gender, or age.

Apps are Playing a Larger Role

People today have their smartphones attached to their hips, hands, and heads. As a society, we’re becoming addicted to technology, but from an HR standpoint, it’s not a bad thing. Apps in particular have seen tremendous growth in popularity because they simplify the work of HR departments. Our online scheduling app is just one facet of that. Other apps, such as payroll and benefits apps, have also proven to make life easier for people throughout your firm.


The reason for the shift to using more apps is clear. By using apps in your business, you take away the drain of tedious tasks and give more time for growth oriented tasks instead.

Experience Matters More and More

We’re not talking about an employee or candidate’s experience. We’re talking about the experience your employees and job candidates have while engaging with your company. If it’s not exceptional, they’ll start seeking out new opportunities at your competitor’s firms, leaving you without the cream of the crop talent pool.


In 2017, we’ve seen a tremendous shift toward improving the happiness levels of employees and job candidates alike. The reason behind this new trend makes sense. It’s easier than ever to post your opinion about a company and job seekers alongside employees have done just that! 72% of job seekers who have had a poor experience with a company have taken to sites, such as, to express their opinion, according to a recent study by Future Workplace. And another study by Future Workplace found that 83% of employees said their experience is important to or very important to the overall success of their firm.   


Make everyone’s experience count – not just your customer’s.


The Takeaway

The workforce is changing and with it, so are the ways people engage with others. By embracing technology and recognizing the role it plays in the HR industry, you can strengthen your overall company and attract better talent to your organization.


What other changes are you making to embrace these new trends?



Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

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