Trends

“Non-traditional work.” “The workplace of the future.” “The gig economy.” “Skills shortages.” “Employee experience.” These and dozens of others labels are applied to the dynamics of the employer-employee relationship. It’s a relationship that constantly evolves along with technology, consumer expectations, societal demands, political pressures and other innumerable factors. Some trends are only about buzzwords, but many reflect fundamental changes in the way organizations use technology to manage and strengthen their workforce.

HR departments are heads down today as they adapt to the changes wrought by Covid-19. But at some point, employers will look ahead to face a new normal. When they do, early indications are that executives will move cautiously. HR’s front lines are now preoccupied with three...
Widespread layoffs have begun across the economy as employers struggle with the impact of business lost because of the coronavirus. According to media reports, more than 1 million workers could lose their jobs by the end of March. Ball State University Economist Michael Hicks told the Washington...
The coronavirus is forcing more employers to accommodate remote work as families scramble to juggle working from home while schools are closed and older relatives need attention. Already, the HR tech world is seeing changes. Across the U.S., state and local governments declared states...
Developers of gig platforms are pursuing strategies that combine the finding and hiring of talent with solutions tailored to specific industries or business needs. Sometimes working with established HR tech businesses, these companies have either trained their sights on narrow verticals, such as media and healthcare,...
Signs that the labor market may be softening hasn’t eased employers’ worries about finding skilled workers, then keeping them once they do. One reason, according to The Wall Street Journal, is employees have figured out that remaining in place may not be in their best interests....
The contingent workforce has made greater inroads into the global economy than most people recognize, and the attitude of workers themselves hints that they, as well as businesses, are changing the way they view their relationship. A report by the ADP Research Institute said technology’s advance is transforming...
While nearly three-quarters of employers plan to increase their spending on HR technology during 2020, corporate leaders and managers differ on where workforce tools offer the most value. PwC said 74 percent of the organizations involved in this year’s HR Technology Survey will spend more...
Ethics will move to the center of HR technology discussion during 2020, with “the first conversations” beginning around the idea that “every HR department needs an ethics organization,” said John Sumser, principal analyst at HRExaminer. “Every HR department needs an ethics organization because we’re going to be...
While many employers have expressed concern about the need to train or reskill workers to handle new technologies, remarkably few offer necessary learning programs to their workers. According to Randstad Sourceright’s 2020 Talent Trends Report, 92 percent of HR leaders believe their company should be responsible...
Everyone involved in HCM technology—from product designers to HR teams—seems laser-focused on anticipating the needs of younger workers. But a survey from ServiceNow Canada shows that Gen Z’s expectations may not be as challenging as everyone thinks. In some ways, in fact, this younger generation is downright traditional.