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Five HR Trends To Look Out For In 2019

3rd January 2019

Five HR Trends To Look Out For In 2019

HR is always evolving as businesses and companies move forward with the times. One of the biggest changes is the use of recruitment technology and AI to streamline the search for the perfect employees. Companies are changing working practices and moving out of the traditional office set up. This means HR has to adapt and use alternative methods of onboarding, dealing with payroll and managing staff. Here are five trends to look out for in 2019.

Recruitment background checks

HR professionals are looking beyond the traditional paper C.V. and application form. For potential employees, this means that there is nowhere to hide. 70% of employers are now screening social media profiles and using search engines in order to look into a candidate’s background (Source: CareerBuilder). This isn’t solely to find negative information that may damage an application form – it is to assess whether a candidate is going to be a good fit for the company. Qualifications and experience aren’t paramount when it comes to a job application form anymore; employers want to know that you are a well-rounded person. If you are searching for a new career, it is worth remembering never to post anything on social media that you wouldn’t want a manager to see. The photos and posts that you make could mean the difference between you getting the job of your dreams, or simply being overlooked.

Using recruitment technology

Already recruitment software has become key in filtering through application forms, particularly where there are a large number of candidates applying. This is saving HR professionals and recruiters a lot of precious time. A good recruitment software package can streamline the candidate search based on specific criteria that can be set by the employer. JobAdder, ClearCompany and Jazz are good examples, particularly for SMEs. The new technology offers online assessments, real time analytics and even social media recruiting. This systematic form of recruitment means that employers are more likely to find candidates that are well suited to the job – someone that will be dedicated and stay for the long term.

AI and video tech

Deloitte’s 2017 report found that 33% of employers use some form of AI as part of their hiring process. This is becoming more advanced than automated emails and text messages. In 2019, look out for systems like HireVue. This is a video system that is algorithmically advanced, used to analyse the information that candidates provide during an interview. It means that multiple interviews can be done at the same time, rather than having a process that is drawn out over days and weeks. The platform can identify facial expressions, used to judge reactions. Over the past decade, this type of software has been typically used in the advertising and marketing industry for research purposes. Word choice during video interview is also analysed to build up a more complete candidate profile. This saves enormous amounts of time in the hiring process.

Less 9-5, more freelance

Businesses are not just based in a static workplace or office. With bricks and mortar at a premium, companies are becoming increasingly transient, with employees being spread out over the country or freelancers working from home. Advances in internet technology, 4G network and broadband speeds mean that we no longer need to be in one physical space in order to communicate effectively. For HR departments this means setting up ways that they can deal with the needs of staff through alternative methods.

Team collaboration software

One of the ways that HR professionals are communicating with employees is through team collaboration software. Apps like Slack, Flock and Oracle Beehive have been game changers when it comes to simplifying the process. When staff are spaced out across locations, it means that personnel issues can be organised online quickly and easily. This software lends itself well to HR because it eliminates the need for lengthy email chains when a quick conversation will suffice. It can be used for hiring employees, making audio and video calls, planning meetings and dealing with staff training.

A complete onboarding process

Companies are realising that the right employees are the most important business investment that there is. The onboarding process should not just be a case of handing over a folder of rules and policies. It is so much more than a day’s worth of slideshows and a quick tour of the office. A new employee should be properly integrated into the working practices of a company and this process may take several months. During the induction and probation period, HR professionals are finding it increasingly beneficial to conduct a series of meetings, performance reviews and plans to improve future progress. This can be done remotely, via video conferencing and audio calls – it doesn’t need to be in face-to-face meetings.

In 2019, it is expected for HR professionals to be embracing AI technology even further, to streamline the recruitment process. The best assets that a company has are the people who work for it. Focusing on this personnel investment right from the very start of their employment will help companies to grow and thrive in the ever-changing world of business.


James Craigmillar writes for the UKs leading graduate recruitment agency, Inspiring Interns & Graduates.





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