With the first month of a new year coming to a close, employers are starting to get a feel for some of the particular challenges and opportunities 2019 will bring. While the longest government shutdown in U.S. history dominates headlines and affects hundreds of thousands of workers, that’s hardly the only thing on many HR managers’ minds this January. Between hiring woes, relevant court decisions, and a myriad of other issues affecting the American work landscape, January has been action-packed. In case you’ve missed any of it, here’s what you need to know:
Happy New Year! As you’re putting together a list of resolutions, boosting your career as an HR leader may be one of your biggest priorities. However, becoming the best HR manager you can be takes time and commitment. One way to establish your reputation and help guide your career is to join associations and groups. Another is to immerse yourself in the work of thought leaders and influencers who can inspire, educate, and motivate you.
You’ve made it through the holiday season: the company parties, the seasonal workers, the tricky scheduling, and even the year-end reporting. Navigating the waters of this season as an HR professional is no simple feat, but you made it. Even though we’ve entered the new year full of fresh starts and resolutions, our days of managing compliance aren’t behind us.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a big shift in the way people work due to changes in culture, demographics, and technology. Since we predicted the workplace trends of 2018, we’ve seen more employees go remote, innovative methods to combat employee burnout, and employers rethinking company culture and the candidate experience. Beyond these workplace transformations, HR leaders also witnessed big regulatory changes and parity movements in 2018.
In addition to these issues, HR managers also have new labor, political, and cultural forces to anticipate and manage. As we welcome in another new year, we’ve gathered trends and challenges HR managers can expect in 2019:
Labor headwinds like demographic shifts and changing employee expectations have kept HR managers on their toes. Between tailoring education and training to the needs of the modern workforce, HR managers also face considerable pressure to keep top talent happy and engaged.