HR Trends for 2023
As we kick off 2023, we explore some of the top Human Resources trends that we expect to see in the year ahead.
As we enter 2023, organisations are focusing their attention on the next wave of business challenges and opportunities. From a Human Resources perspective, the world of work has evolved in many ways over the past year, from the reintroduction of office-based work and hybrid workstyles to challenges with retaining staff and skills shortages, particularly in the IT space. In today's article, we explore some of the top HR trends that are predicted to shape the workplace in 2023.
Employee Experience & Well-Being
It is no surprise that employee experience continues to be a priority area for HR leaders. Employees are experiencing higher workplace and personal stress as well as burnout due to a number of factors. As we move into 2023, it is up to leadership and HR to tackle this by creating a culture that values employees and their well-being. Following a turbulent few years, employees themselves are now placing emphasis on well-being and are likely to take this into consideration when deciding whether to join a new company. This also goes for retaining staff. Many companies have already implemented new strategies to make this a priority from wellness programs to new employee experience platforms such as Microsoft Viva, however, this needs to be continued if not amplified into the new year.
This is something that is a continued focus for HR departments. However, the current challenge of talent shortages is set to continue into the new year. Gartner’s recently reported that 50% of organisations still expect talent competition to increase significantly in the next 6 months. This means that HR leaders must ensure they align recruiting and resource requirements with business needs. Organisations must work also work to ensure that they set themselves apart and are attractive to potential employees by prioritising the things that are important to employees in the current market such as well-being, flexibility and the ability to progress in their roles.
Purpose Driven Organisations
Over the past few years, there have been many significant shifts that have been impacting organisations globally from the recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic, increased technological advances, economic instability as well a changing demographic for new employees. In all the noise, it is important that organisations have a clear sense of who they are as they move forward to help attract and retain talent. In 2023, expect to see more organisations refining their brand and purpose or amplifying it to ensure employees and future employees can feel part of something more than just their day-to-day tasks so they believe they are making a bigger impact. According to a survey by the New York Times, employees who derive meaning from work are 3 times more likely to remain at that company. Further according to Gallup, organisations with engaged and purpose-led employees are 21% more productive.
Rethinking Workplace Learning
Another focus area for HR in 2023 is to support employee development by rethinking workplace learning. Employees like to feel like they are constantly learning and refining their skills so they can feel like they are adding value. According to McKinsey, 87% of organisations are aware they have a skills gap or will have one in the next few years and from an employee perspective lack of career development or advancement is the top reason for leaving a job. Working to close this skills gap is one of the ways in which HR can help make a difference. This does not always need to be individual courses for each employee, organisations can implement learnings in the flow of work by harnessing knowledge management technologies such as Microsoft Viva.
Remote/Hybrid Working Policies
Over the past few years, employees have adjusted to the flexibility that remote and hybrid workstyles offer. While many organisations have either mandated or encouraged a return to the office, it appears the hybrid style of both in-office and at-home prevails. While employees have adjusted, organisations are still discovering the best ways to ensure that employee experience and employee well-being needs are met in this mixed environment. This is something that companies might have to look at in 2023 to ensure employees are getting the most from remote and in-office work days.
Relying on Analytics
This is a focus that might become more prominent in 2023. With many workforces dispersed between the office and home and with some in different time zones. Organisations will have to rely on data to interpret how engaged employees are, how their well-being is and how they improve the overall employee experience. Applications like Microsoft Viva can help facilitate this with personalised insights for employees and management that can help ensure personalised recommendations can be made.
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