From the outside looking in, it may look like HR managers rely mostly on soft skills to do their jobs. This assumption is partly true; communication, conflict resolution, and teamwork are all necessary for managing employees and creating a safe and positive workplace.
But as any veteran HR manager can attest, that’s not the whole picture. Payroll, recruiting, benefits management— among other aspects of the employee lifecycle— are also key HR responsibilities, all of them requiring attention to detail and critical, data-driven thinking.
Losing your best employees is a bummer. It takes a lot of time and resources to find a replacement who has the necessary skills, and team productivity can take a massive hit during the time it takes to recruit, interview, onboard, and train a new employee. That’s why veteran HR managers know that keeping turnover low is key, and that employee retention efforts are some of the best investments a company can make.
With the start of the new year, it’s time to start looking ahead to what the next 12 months have in store. This year, HR managers will have to tangle with the same workplace concerns that have dominated the last several years: skills gaps, a competitive hiring market and, as always, too much to do in too little time. In 2020, however, we can expect to see HR departments employ some new strategies and tools to help overcome these challenges and create a happier, more productive workforce. Let’s take a look at some of the HR trends to watch for this year:
This year has been an eventful one for workplaces all over the United States. Between legislative updates, changes in expectations, and near record-low unemployment, HR managers have had a lot to keep up with. On the Fuse Workforce blog, our goal is to provide you with articles that help you stay ahead of the curve. In 2019, in addition to monthly news roundups, we published weekly articles about career development, employee management, hiring best practices, compliance, and more Human Resources topics.
In case you missed anything, here’s a rundown of articles to check out before we head into a new year:
For time-strapped HR and payroll managers, every day at work is a juggling act. The mental load of keeping a bunch of open tasks and deadlines straight can be a challenge, and the last thing you need is to miss a crucial deadline.
That’s why we put together our annual HR and payroll compliance calendar: to give you a list of all the important dates and deadlines you need to know to keep your workplace on track. Here’s what you should mark on your calendar for 2020: