5 emerging HR trends for 2017

Staying up-to-date with new trends, or being the ones to set them, can be challenging for busy HR functions. However, it is important to know what shifts and movements there are in the HR sector and what is predicted over the next 12 months.

So, What are the emerging HR trends for 2017? We have sourced, selected and given you our top 5 HR trend predictions for 2017.

1/ Working in partnership

HR professionals have been working hard in previous years to move away from routine and administrative roles to those that are strategic and fully aligned to the business. HR specialists strive and advance in order to be valued as true partners within the business. Roles such as HR Business Partner continue to grow in popularity, as more are being advertised and filled within companies. 2017 will also see far more HR roles present right at the top of businesses, where they are adding critical strategic value.

2/ Get the data

Analysing data is crucial within any business; this is especially true for the contemporary HR & Development function. The ability to collect, process and analyse ‘big data’ is becoming an essential factor in identifying and managing the challenges of business lifecycles. Companies that want to gain a competitive edge increasingly need to use analytics to gain data-driven insights into workforce trends and take action to refine recruitment, compensation and other performance incentives to meet employees’ evolving goals and interests. HR systems and processes will help to achieve such aims.

3/ Employee engagement

Engaged employees drive the innovation, growth and revenue that growing companies need to flourish. Executives must therefore place employee engagement & culture as a priority in their goals and objectives in 2017 and beyond. Secondary to this theme is that of leadership; i.e. having the right people that know how to lead teams and inspiring them on a journey to success.

4/ A focus on wellbeing

As the number of people suffering from stress and anxiety rises, wellbeing and resilience continues to be a big area of focus for HR teams. This means supporting employee’s physical, emotional, mental and purposeful wellbeing within the workplace. Examples of support from companies could include counseling services and offering private healthcare.

5/ The flexible workforce

With the rise of telecommuting, co-working spaces, globalization and new technology tools, workers are demanding flexibility. Roles and teams are therefore becoming more remote. Modern businesses are being challenged to make this work, however those that manage it effectively are seeing better results. When managed well, remote working is highly successful and demonstrates a forward-thinking employer. For an employee working remotely, the virtual work life offers the ability to work flexible hours and successfully manage his or her professional and family life.

Do you have any further 2017 predictions for the role of HR?

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