Human resource departments must constantly adapt to new requirements from both internal and external challenges. A new generation of workers with very different ideas of what employment should look like has emerged. Now, more than ever, there is increased pressure on HR professionals to create a workplace environment where everyone can thrive. In order to meet current and future challenges, companies should look to these three HR trends that will have a direct impact on workforce development for years to come:
1. WORKFORCE RETENTION
Retention remains a critical focal point in 2018. For the first time in the history of the United States, the number of job openings exceeded the number of job seekers. The pressure is on HR departments to recruit and retain top talent, in addition to its other responsibilities.
Technology has made it increasingly feasible to work remotely while remaining in contact with the office. The simultaneous collaboration created by cloud software allows employees to participate in meetings without being physically present. As a business owner, it is important to recognize that even minor flexibility can go a long way with improving employee morale and retention. You are more likely to gain retention from employees who feel in control about their workloads and schedules, which can lead to a healthier work-life balance.
3. SAFE WORKPLACE CULTURES REQUIRE OPEN DOOR HARASSMENT POLICIES
The rise of the #MeToo Movement has increased awareness regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. It is critical that your company is ready to handle these cases effectively, and that your workplace be a safe place for your employees. If you have not already done so, your human resource department should review and revise sexual harassment policies, examine the workplace culture, and establish an open-door policy for employees who feel harassed. Effective communication is the first step to solidifying a good relationship.
As a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), Delta Administrative Services can help bolster your existing retention program, identify ways to build a flexible workforce, and develop communication to help address harassment claims. Contact us today at 1-800-828-6130 to learn how we help our clients cost-effectively outsource the management of human resources, employee benefits, payroll, and workers’ compensation. As expectations for your HR grow, Delta Administrative Services is here to help.