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.
While you do your best to prevent employee turnover, employees will eventually leave an organization—voluntary or not. Whether it’s a spouse’s relocation, different career moves, family obligations, layoffs, or retirement, there are many reasons why employees exit. While these life events can happen in any organization, HR managers can handle employee departures gracefully and use their experiences to fine-tune retention efforts.