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.

An increasing number of office workers are willing to find new jobs if their company doesn't offer flexible work arrangements. That widespread feeling is a driving force behind the Great Resignation. In Adapt to Work Everywhere, a study conducted for talent mobility company Topia, 29% of those who changed jobs...
Some 43% of American employees say they’re feeling happier overall since the Covid-19 pandemic began two years ago. At the same time, 43% believe their work and lives are more balanced than they were before. The numbers were included in a survey of 1,050 full-time adult employees in the U.S.,...
A scarcity of technology talent, combined with the increasing popularity of hybrid work, is leading U.S. tech companies to scout for new hires in Latin America. There, they a number of qualified candidates who'll work for lower pay. Bloomberg calls the trend a “logical extension” of working from home and efforts...
Workers are more interested in nailing down flexible schedules than they are in hybrid-office arrangements. According to The Wall Street Journal, a Future Forum report said 95% of the workers surveyed want flexible hours, compared to 78% who want “location flexibility.” (The Future Forum is a consortium focused...
Twenty-three percent of American employees say they plan to find new jobs during 2022, while 9% have already accepted an offer for the new year. A survey by ResumeBuilder also found that 61% expect to leave their current positions during the first half. Of those, 26% said they’ll make...
The number of people choosing independent work surged to a record-breaking 34% during 2021, jumping from 38.2 million in 2020 to 51.1 million last year. “An undercurrent that has been simmering reached a boiling point when people were forced out of the office and into alternative work arrangements,” said Miles...
Our weekly roundup of deals, product announcements and other HR technology news. Listen to a podcast of our roundup. Skillsoft acquired coding-education platform Codecademy for $525 million in cash and stock. The sale comes nearly a year after Codecademy raised $40 million in Series D funding and pivoted its consumer-focused product...
In terms of sheer drama, nobody thought that 2021 would match 2020, but here we are moving into the third year of a global pandemic, enduring political confrontations that get increasingly more intense and enduring tornadoes and wildfires in places they’re not usually seen. As the year turns, it seems...
“Significant disconnects” over culture are at play between frontline employees and business leaders, causing many workers to consider quitting their jobs over culture concerns. According to research from BambooHR, HR professionals are also feeling the strain, with nearly a quarter of HR managers, 22%, saying that remote work has caused...
Conventional wisdom says that American workers are walking away from their jobs because they’re unhappy. It turns out that’s not the case. According to research by the accounting software firm FreshBooks, the majority of workers who are seeking self-employment (86%) will choose that path as opposed to being forced...