5 Top HR Trends To Look Out For In 2018

by Srikant Chellappa Dec 19,2017

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

Everything about Human Resources has been changing progressively – the hiring process, people analytics, the transition from paper-based to software systems etc. HR trends keep changing from time to time and it is important for everyone to stay informed on the current HR trends.

Over the past decade, the focus of HR has shifted more towards employee engagement and employee satisfaction. There are a lot of products in the market today that enable HR technology to reinvent the meaning of human resources and help build a progressive work culture.

2017 is now coming to a close. It’s time for us to look ahead to 2018. What are some of the HR trends that we should look out for?

Continuous Feedback And Review Culture

One of the HR trends predicted for 2018 is a culture of continuous feedback or reviews at the workplace. The way we give feedback has changed over time; managers are now focusing more on improving their teams by giving them constructive and frequent feedback.

Most employees prefer real-time feedback/reviews over annual performance reviews because this practice allows them to understand where they are going wrong and gives them a chance to correct themselves instead of having to wait for a whole year to learn where they went wrong.

Also read: How To Choose The Best 360 Feedback Software For Your Company

Digitized Recognition & Rewards

Receiving praise and recognition from managers has always been the best motivator for employees. In 2018 we expect to see the trend of digitizing rewards & recognition.

Peer-to-peer recognition is also predicted as a HR trend for 2018 where HRs are expected to make use of more social recognition platforms and provide an appropriate platform for their employees to reward and recognize each other’s contributions.

AI Driven HR (HR Bots)

One more interesting HR trend to look for in 2018 is Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven human resources. This doesn’t mean that AI will replace human HR, instead it will analyze and transform the existing data and help in basic repetitive HR tasks.

Using AI for recruiting workforce helps you reduce bias and assess the candidate based on your requirements effectively. This also enables HR to work more on employee relations and retaining them, instead of getting caught up in mundane HR tasks.

Team Management Tools

The trend of using software tools for team management has been widely recognized since past few years. In 2018, many software tools are likely to emerge and make it easier for teams to collaborate with each other.

These tools enable you to use features like real-time messaging, knowledge sharing etc. which promote employee engagement and in turn increase the overall productivity at workplace.

Learning Management System For Training

The need for developing skills has always been necessary for professionals no matter at which phase of their career they are. Continuous learning is predicted to be one of the most popular HR trends this year.

It is important to provide learning opportunities to employees so that they can improve themselves from time to time and contribute their best at work. Learning management systems allow you to track employee progress accurately and also promote collaboration between departments.

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Srikant Chellappa
CEO & Co-Founder of Engagedly

Srikant Chellappa is the Co-Founder and CEO at Engagedly and is a passionate entrepreneur and people leader. He is an author, producer/director of 6 feature films, a music album with his band Manchester Underground, and is the host of The People Strategy Leaders Podcast. He is currently working on his next book, Ikigai at the Workplace, which is slated for release in the fall of 2024.

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