To find and keep good workers in a tight market, you’ll need to expand your reach, look in new places, and identify opportunities the competition is missing.
According to a new survey, you need to watch for some new hiring trends this year. Specifically, employee experience, people analytics, internal recruiting, and a move toward a multigenerational workforce will change the hiring landscape.
Employee experience. Employers say they expect to actively collaborate with employees to design experiences that take into account their point of view. A positive employee experience involves four elements: people (relationships with colleagues and customers), place (the physical environment), product (the work itself), and process (rules and tools).
People analytics. This connects data to effective decision-making by gaining insights from human behavior to help people and companies perform better. In short, it uses formal scientific methods to support empathy.
Internal recruiting. Employers are working to better understand how employees want to grow so they are prepared to take on new roles. When workers find rewarding new opportunities internally, they are less likely to look outside of the organization. Employers also say that seeking internal candidates for job openings accelerates the hiring process and new-hire productivity. However, to make internal hiring work, you’ll have to get managers to give up good workers and train team members over time so they are qualified when new positions become available.
Multigenerational workforce. Be prepared to attract and retain good workers from all age groups by carving out new career paths, introducing more flexible benefits, and identifying new ways for generations to share intelligence. Understand what workers from all generations want in their work. For instance, millennials, Gen Zers, Gen Xers, and boomers all value inspirational colleagues and culture. However, boomers are much more likely to want a company with a purposeful mission than Gen Zers; and younger workers are more interested in employee training opportunities. Employers stress that creating an intergenerational workforce is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Employees from different age groups have their own management and communication styles and work-life balance expectations.
A few steps will help you keep up with all of these trends. Start with improving the employee experience by walking inside your employees’ shoes, harnessing data for better decisions about people, empowering talent that you already have in your organization, and building diverse teams that understand each other’s feelings.