As clock struck 12 midnight, everyone welcomed 2019 with full fervor. With new year, comes new responsibilities, new strategies and a work-plan. This is that time of the year, when the senior management team devises strategies for their respective companies and make a plan for an entire year. Similarly, the HR departments worldwide also formulates new approaches. What are the most common HR trends in 2019? Let’s find out.

Increase in People Analytics

According to Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report,  84% of senior human resource management consider people analytics to be a high priority. However, in the past, organizations were not confident in using and gaining actionable insights that would actually drive performance. Consider that only 24% and 32% of companies in 2015 and 2016, respectively, felt ready or somewhat ready for analytics.  

Analytics and AI have the ability to touch every aspect of HR, from recruiting to performance management to employee engagement. As analytics technology continues to improve, and more companies adopt these tools, it will only become easier to measure, track, understand, and predict employee behaviors and trends. For that reason, many companies will likely look back on 2019 as the year that people analytics efforts finally came to fruition.

Use of Sophisticated Tools

Recruiting technology goes hand-in-hand with people analytics. As HR pros develop a clearer picture of skills gap within their organizations, as well as traits shared by their highest-performing employees, they can make data-driven decisions on resource allocation and recruitment efforts.

AI and automated recruiting technology can handle much of the administrative work, saving recruiters time and allowing them to focus on high-level tasks, such as relationship-building. 2019 will see more HR departments relying on recruiting technology for optimization and targeting: Optimizing the entire hiring and onboarding process while targeting candidates that offer the best culture and skills fit.

Insurgence of Remote Workforce

Technology makes it easier than ever for employees to work from home, a shared office space, or another country. A 2018 study found that 70% of global office professionals work remotely at least once per week.

And it’s not just full-time employees that are telecommuting. Research shows, there are currently 53 million freelancers in the US and by 2020, half of the American workforce will be doing freelance work.

Human resource departments can leverage the remote workforce to their advantage. While doing so, one can use Questy to receive enormous benefits. With Questy, an HR can conduct remote interviewing and assessments to hire for talented employees.

The HR department in an organization should be up to date with the latest trends prevailing in the market and ensure the company workforce is properly skilled to handle upcoming business challenges, also take care of employee engagement, promote wellness, and boost employee’s overall work life. Also, implementation of AI and automation for various operations including the increase in the use of online pre-hire assessment tools will definitely enable the organization to grow and reap financial benefits.

Can you think of any other implementations the HR department should focus in 2019? Let us know in comments.