As a result of technological developments, the human resources sector is undergoing a period of fast upheaval. 2023 HR innovations will be fundamental to the continued functioning of the HR sector. Recruiters and HR departments are interested in moving in the right path, but they have many questions, such as, “What are the many emerging HR trends?” This article highlights five new HR trends for 2023.
Bringing together the best of both home and office life
Although working remotely is nothing new, it has only been in the last few years that remote workers have become the majority. What started as a forecast has become a hot issue that won’t die until 2023. The availability of a vaccine for COVID-19 is unlikely to diminish the popularity of working from home, which offers several advantages. Five-fifths of workers will leave if telecommuting is not an option. Work of this type allows employees to be more productive while still spending more time with their loved ones and requiring fewer days off.
DEI is a major focus
Strategies that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace are gaining traction. Thanks to the efforts of activists worldwide, the topic of diversity has entered the mainstream in the last few years. In response to the growing awareness of the importance of this issue to the company’s bottom line, businesses have adopted various strategies to promote a more welcoming and inclusive environment for their employees.
Due to the fallout of the coronavirus, the importance of focusing on employee experience reached a height last year. Stress, lack of productivity, and burnout were common among workers as they tried to balance the needs of their families during a pandemic with those of their employers. Businesses needed to focus on their workers’ well-being and provide them with the tools to do their jobs effectively and safely. It’s not enough to offer employees flexible scheduling, telecommuting options, and wellness programs. This year, human resource professionals will be thinking about ways to improve their employees’ overall well-being by providing them with physical, emotional, and financial resources.
Improved access to HR professionals with data skills
The human resources field has been reluctant to automate, but once it does, practitioners may manage data more efficiently than ever before, thanks to the digitalization of documents and processes. The big remote working experiment of 2020–2021 sped up the digitalization process and produced mountains of data about the efficiency, effectiveness, culture, and behavior of the workforce as a whole. Human resources departments at many firms are already acquiring new skills to utilize data science and analytics better. In 2023, we anticipate this trend to be the primary focus of education for human resource professionals playing catch-up. Of course, not every HR department will hire data scientists overnight, but this competency will become more and more commonplace during the year.
Wellness and health promotion initiatives for staff
After the devastating events of COVID-19, wellness initiatives are no longer a luxury. No one was immune to the pandemic’s effects; therefore, businesses must provide resources to help staff adjust to the new normal. In 2023, HR departments will need to devise strategies to end the discrimination surrounding employees’ mental health concerns and provide them with the required resources. This will entail using surveys, studies, workshop planning, and technology. Employers will invest in a wide range of well-being programs to ensure their employees’ health, safety, and productivity.
People seek companionship and understanding to get through the global crisis after being subjected to constant threat, danger, and uncertainty. We’ve entered a difficult year, but the HR trends of 2023 demonstrate a desire to make things more people-centered. Contact HR Business Partners today for to discuss your individual HR needs, or take a look at our short explainer video