As the end of this year draws near, we can agree that 2020 has been a year like no other by all accounts.
The ongoing pandemic has left its imprint on the way we live, work, and conduct business. While the recruiting industry continues to undergo significant changes with new technologies, advanced practicing for hiring, and access to global talent, these ongoing trends have been accelerated with this year’s developments and show no signs of slowing down.
Let us look back at some of the trends which shaped recruitment this year.
Here are our top 3 recruitment trends for 2020:
- Remote Work: Home is the new office
- Reinventing HR Procedures
- A Shift from Diversity and Inclusion to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Remote Work: Home is the new office
One of the most notable shifts for most of the workforce globally has been remote work. Despite becoming a common occurrence before the pandemic, remote work is relatively new for many organizations, especially those that were not ready to commit overnight, or those without work from home policies in place.
Work-from-home policies and flexible work schedules are the most sought-after benefits for job seekers, forcing companies to adjust to employees’ and candidates’ aspirations. There has been an increase in fully remote organizations over the last few months, which also led to an expansion in talent pools. Moreover, remote work has allowed companies to gain global talent access due to reduced limitations of geographical boundaries.
Reinventing HR Procedures
Another trend is the reinventing of many human resources procedures due to the rise in at-home workers. There has been an ever-growing surge in the use of technologies and tools to manage remote teams, including multimedia communication tools, virtual workplaces, and augmented and virtual reality work environments.
HR activities, such as recruiting, onboarding, and performance management tasks, have been altered since they rely on in-person conversations. Thus, forcing HR to reinvent many of its practices to solve various issues. Now more than ever before, it is challenging to monitor the team’s progress, therefore, technology is needed to stay connected and updated on performance and productivity.
A Shift from Diversity and Inclusion to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
This year, we have noticed the inclusion of “Equity” as part of organizations’ strategies. Equity in the work environment exists in numerous ways, from removing decision points which leads to inequities in pay, equity in talent development investments, and other initiatives. Companies are encouraged to ensure that a deeper level of transparency regarding compensation, harassment reporting, advancement, and various other talent management procedures, is employed in business operations. Concerns of equity are sometimes the underlying causes for diversity initiatives and concentrate on shifting systems and structures that generate inequities. On the other hand, diversity efforts focus on supporting minority groups to persist regardless of inequity.
Throughout this year, there have been many changes that affected all facets of our personal and professional lives. These are our top three trends in recruitment for 2020.
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