Here are the 4 trends that your human resources department should know about:
The Rise Of Self Service
These days, employees want to be able to do things on their own. That includes common HR tasks such as benefits enrollment, payroll, expense management, and retirement planning. Realistically, employee self-service portals are more of a requirement than a suggestion these days. Employees simply don't want to go through the hassle of phoning in, filling out paper forms, or meeting with HR to perform tasks such as these that could be more easily and quickly be done online from the comfort of their homes.
Reevaluation Of Harassment And Discrimination Policies
By now we've all heard about the me too movement. Opinions on this movement, in particular, are sure to vary, but what's undeniable is that employees of all kinds are demanding fair treatment in the workplace whether it's equal pay or simply the desire to go about their workday without experiencing harassment. That means it might be time for you to reevaluate what kind of behavior is and isn't acceptable in the workplace.
While your human resources department is likely already doing their best — no one actually wants to see harassment happen in their workplace — no one is perfect and things do slip through the cracks occasionally. That's why it's a good thing to revisit your HR policies to make sure they are as airtight as possible.
Online Learning As A Tool
Of all the gifts given to us by the internet age, online learning is perhaps the most exciting. Online learning can be a valuable tool used for a variety of purposes, including new hire on-boarding. It's also a great — and cheap — way of encouraging your employees to pick up new skills that make them more valuable to the business. Some companies even offer bonuses to employees who take certain online courses and earn a certificate. The opportunities presented by online learning are practically endless.
The concept of flexible scheduling has been around for quite awhile, but never has it been so important. Rigidly sticking to the traditional 9 to 5 work arrangement only serves to cut you off from an enormous pool of talent including working mothers, older employees re-entering the workforce, and young employees with unconventional schedules. You can no longer rely on the idea that talented workers will readily adapt to your schedule, you must learn to adapt to them.
Having a future-facing approach to human resources is what separates those who succeed from those who stagnate. That's why it's so important to keep an eye on the trends. Here at Summerlin Roberts, we value forward thinking and are always on the lookout for the next big trend in human resources. Please, contact us today to find out more about our communication and support services or visit our site to read more helpful HR tips.