HR trends for 2017

HR Trends 2017 – An Insight

We are already four months past the beginning of 2017, and some HR trends and practices are being redesigned or newly created. While we have seen a dramatic few years down the line in the past; with many new practices and the discontinuity of some obsolete systems, it’s time to look out for the HR Trends 2017; which are going to be in the spotlight. We have rounded up a list of the 4 major trends of 2017 out of the many, which are worth considering.

Ditching the Annual Review System – Time to Rethink

Big-shot companies like GE, Adobe, Accenture, Deloitte, and SAP (recently) announced their decision to ditch the annual performance review system, during 2015-16. After which, many other companies also followed their footsteps. This led to an increasing trend of breaking with the traditional performance review system.

After approximately 1-2 years in this trend, it seems like the new systems are not garnering results; leading to the slowdown of this trend. In place of seeing the results after adopting a new system; many companies have observed that their employees’ engagement and their performance levels have lowered as an outcome.

So obviously, simply ditching an outdated system is not enough to bring changes; but organisations also need to find strong alternatives that can help in making a successful transition. Now that companies are starting to realise this fact; we may start seeing HR departments and HR honchos devoting their time to collect data, re-design or create a successful performance and change management this year.

What are the major HR trends 2017


Engagement and Integration of Contingent Workforce

Before moving ahead, have a look at the statistics of a study by Fieldglass

  • In 2015, Average company’s workforce breakdown – 54 percent traditional full-time workers, 20 percent contingent workers (including contractors, interns, and freelancers), and 26 percent workers that include part-time workers and workers working from remote areas.
  • Research predictions 2017 says that the number of traditional workers will decrease to 41 percent and the number of non-traditional contingent and grey area (remote and part-time) workers will increase to 25 percent and 34 percent respectively.

Thus, keeping in mind such progressions; the HR will have to develop innovative strategies and creative ways for engaging the new workforce and integrating them into the company culture, in 2017.

The major trends in HR for 2017

Automated HR and Team Management Tools

With the progression of digital devices, as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems at a high velocity; the HR technology is also developing; covering tools for robotic automation processing, language processing, voice commanded devices, etc. All these systems will be used to integrate HR processes like interviews, hiring, employee performance management, work assessment, and more at a huge level; not only in this year but also during the upcoming years.

Even more, the wide range of automated tools for tracking, managing, and collaborating teamwork will prove deathly to the traditional file-keeping and record-keeping systems. Now, you can easily store such records on different team management tools, such as Asana, Slack, Basecamp, Trello, Rallyteam, and various other tools.

Traditional Job Profiles Become Outdated

Over the last few years we have seen the biggest trend of hiring millennials and skilled and talented workforce; which has led to a change in job descriptions. The job openings are not limited to a specific type of talent anymore. In fact, extra sets of skills and talents have become a bonus for employers.

Employees are now able to showcase their talents and knowledge based on different requirements for different projects; rather than sticking to a traditional work profile. For example, a Graphic Designer having the knowledge of marketing skills will be a preferred employee; in comparison to just another designer.

It may be the time to throw that traditional CV (Resume) out of the window; to design a new one with a broader perspective. As the Fast Company states, some people also call this the rise of ‘Comprehensivism’; and employers hiring in 2017 will be taking such job profiles into consideration.

Along with this; the major HR trends 2017 will also include self-learning and self-development systems, importance of co-workers’ feedbacks, strong focuses on workplace ethics and culture, and employer branding; among other small and big trends.

This article was originally published on the  HR Digest –

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