4 HR Trends Emerging in 2019 – ARTIFCIAL INTELLIGENCE, Remote Workers, Candidate Power and Proactive Recruiting

The Canadian business landscape is constantly changing. The HR trends of 2019 will see the further integration of AI in the workplace, alternative working arrangements becoming increasingly common, a shift in power to job seekers and the need to rethink recruitment to find the best candidates. Adapting to these trends will allow businesses to hire the best workers and meet the needs of their customers.

Artificial Intelligence

As digital technology continues to evolve at an exponential rate, the use of AI-assisted systems and workflows is quickly becoming commonplace in all types of industries. Artificial intelligence can make businesses more productive and efficient, allowing additional tasks to be completed successfully at a faster rate.

Employees will benefit from AI because mundane and repetitive tasks can be performed by programs with only a small amount of oversight. This will free up employees to devote themselves to more stimulating work that can push businesses into new marketplaces. The full impact of AI cannot be fully predicted, as 52% of surveyed companies recently acknowledged that they do not have clearly defined business outcomes in mind with respect to the implementation of artificial intelligence.

Remote Workers

With the integration of technology into virtually all industries, it is changing the way that employees collaborate and interact with one another. A 2018 study found that 63% of businesses surveyed employed remote workers, a number that will only continue to increase.

Hiring remote workers lets a company employ the most qualified people without being limited by geography. A team of remote workers also does not require a single office location, reducing overhead costs for new companies. There are many benefits to employing remote workers, but it also creates specific HR challenges.

Remote workers can be located in different cities or even time zones. This requires a great deal of coordination in order to maintain a productive work environment. Having a streamlined workflow is vitally important to ensure that work is completed correctly and on-time. By recruiting employees with the aptitude to succeed in such a non-traditional office model, a business will place themselves in a strong position to benefit from this growing trend.

Candidate Power

One of the most profound changes affecting the HR industry is the shift in power from employers to job seekers. Job seekers now wield a tremendous amount of power during the recruitment process. Businesses must make an effort to prove that they share important values and provide a beneficial work environment.

Businesses need to realize that job seekers now act more as job consumers. Applicants are looking for specific criteria when they consider accepting positions. Although salary and benefits remain important to job candidates, a recent survey found that 86% of employees cited the opportunity for professional growth and career development as the most important factor when accepting a new job.

Hiring managers need to be empowered to promote the professional and personal benefits of working at a company in order to stand out in the job market and attract the most qualified job seekers.

Proactive Recruitment

With the proliferation of career pathways and resources for job seekers in recent years, businesses simply cannot afford to be passive during the recruitment process. There is also a growing shortage of qualified workers entering the workforce, a situation that is only expected to worsen as the baby boomer generation retires. Hiring managers need to take proactive steps when recruiting prospective job seekers.

An important component of proactive recruitment that should be utilized in the modern recruitment process is targeted candidate screening. Traditional recruitment involves posting the available job and receiving a large amount of resumes in response. These must be manually sorted and organized just to identify applicants who meet the basic qualifications. 

Candidate screening allows recruiters to identify applicants with the desired educational background, professional experience and personality traits. This will save companies valuable time and resources during the recruitment process.

The trends that will define HR in 2019 have already begun to impact businesses across the country. It is important for companies to rethink their HR strategies, especially as the workforce grows older and retires at an increasing rate. By understanding and adapting to the HR trends emerging in 2019, businesses can remain successful as a new generation enters the job market. 

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