Top Ten Tips for... Staying Ahead of HR Trends in 2023

Top Ten Tips for... Staying Ahead of HR Trends in 2023

In our first Top Ten Tips article of the year, we wanted to take a look at some of the key trends HR professionals can expect to encounter in 2023 and how your business can embrace these to have a successful start to the new year.

Here are our Top Ten Tips...

1. Focus on total wellbeing

The world of work has changed drastically over the last few years and 2022 was no different. As our country faces another year of inflation and an uncertain political and economic climate, it’s no wonder that more and more employees are experiencing work-related stress. Could your organisation be doing more to help the wellbeing of your employees? The start of a new year could be the perfect time to take a look at what support you offer and re-evaluate your policies on areas such as mental health, physical health and financial wellbeing.

Related: How to Support Mental Heath in the Workplace

2. Embrace the Metaverse

The Metaverse is potentially one of the biggest trends HR will encounter in the coming years. Defined as a virtual world where people can meet online as avatars, this up and coming technology can be used for virtual meetings, recruitment and on-boarding and training and development. The Metaverse could make it possible for businesses to be more creative and collaborative without restrictions such as distance, location and space.

3. Re-define hybrid and remote strategies

Over the last three years, offering remote and hybrid working strategies has become normal for a huge number of organisations. Even as we face life after the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more employers are embracing the benefits of flexible working practices. In 2023, HR and people professionals may need to set clearer principles on how, when and where work is done and consider whether their current policies will still be suitable in an increasingly digital world of work.

4. Prioritise flexibility

Whether your employees work remotely or not, prioritising flexibility is something that more businesses will be embracing in 2023. Even if your business has a physical workplace for staff to come to, you may choose to allow your teams to have more flexibility when it comes the days and hours they choose to work. Recent studies have shown that employees with more freedom and flexibility within their role tend to be more motivated and productive and are at less risk of burnout.

5. Inclusion, inclusion, inclusion

The topics of diversity, inclusion and equality have been under the spotlight for many months now and we believe this topic will continue to grow in visibility throughout the coming year. Many organisations are improving their diversity and inclusion policies with regard to recruitment, but are we doing enough to encourage this mindset in all areas of the employee life-cycle? For example, the CIPD recently issued a fascinating report on understanding older workers and how business can support longer, more fulfilling working lives.

View the CIPD report - Understanding Older Workers - here

6. Up-skill and hire from within

During the current cost of living crisis, many employees could be worried about financial matters that might potentially lead to them looking for opportunities elsewhere. Whilst a number of organisations won’t be in a position to offer pay increases to everyone, increasing staff retention by up-skilling workers and offering opportunities for progression might be a helpful consideration. Whether you fill your vacancies with in-house candidates or simply prioritise training and development, employees who feel valued will be more likely to stay long-term and work harder for the company.

Related: How to Develop Skills and Professional Growth

7. Be transparent about pay

An employment law topic that has been making headlines in recent months is how transparent organisations need to be when it comes to salaries and pay. Several US states have now passed laws that require companies to be fully transparent regarding pay, to help tackle discrimination and the gender pay gap. If in 2023, you decide to hire new team members or are simply updating your policies and procedures, you may want to think about how you can be more open on this subject. While it may seem difficult to begin with, this openness and honesty can help attract suitable new talent and create a better workplace culture for your current employees.

8. Tackle the fires of ‘burn-out’

How to prevent employee burnout is a huge subject in the world of HR at the moment. There are a number of factors that can lead to increased workplace stress and employers should be doing whatever they can to help improve employee wellbeing. However, employees may be equally concerned about job security in this uncertain world of work and could be burning themselves out in an effort to prove their dedication to the business. So as well as enhancing your health and wellbeing policies, it may be a good idea to check-in with your team members to see how they feel about their work/life balance.

9. Stay up to date with HR tech

There are always new technological advances being introduced in the world of work and HR is no exception. Algorithmic HR is set to be a huge trend in 2023, with more and more organisations using this advanced tech to aid in recruitment and to facilitate employee engagement. Whether you have a designated HR department or have trained your managers up to be your business’ people professionals, are you making the most of the technology available to you?

10. Fine-tune your communication skills

If you choose to implement any of above trends within your workplace, it’s likely going to involve some degree of change and this could lead to feelings of uncertainty among your team. By communicating any changes clearly and effectively to your team, you can make sure everyone is working in harmony towards the same goals – which will help your business to go from strength to strength in 2023.

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