Breaking down top HR trends for 2023
By Louise Hallet
Our expert's opinion
Stepping into 2023, the Human Resources field is expected to undergo significant changes in response to the constantly changing work environment.
I think that the first trend that is likely to gain prominence in 2023 is the focus on employee wellness. With the COVID-19 pandemic taking a toll on the physical and mental health of employees, companies are expected to prioritize employee well-being as a key component of their HR strategy.
The rise of hybrid work is another trend that is expected to transform the HR landscape in 2023. As companies embrace remote and distributed work models, HR professionals will need to ensure that employees feel connected, engaged, and motivated, regardless of their location.
The increased focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace is also likely to gain traction in 2023. Companies are expected to take proactive steps to create an inclusive and equitable work environment that promotes diversity and values different perspectives.
We are convinced that the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation in HR operations is an additional trend that is growing in 2023. The integration of AI and automation technology can help HR professionals reduce manual workloads, increase efficiency, and provide valuable insights to make data-driven decisions.
In conclusion, by focusing on employee wellness, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and adopting technology-driven solutions, HR departments can help organizations navigate the ever-changing work environment and succeed in the years ahead.
How will you deal with these emerging trends?
Mickaël Goudmaeker, Senior Consultant
Top HR Trends 2023
The first trend worth mentioning encompasses knowledge, and more specifically skills-based knowledge. Increasingly more employers emphasize the importance of know-how, instead of know-what. Not only does this allow to find candidates more rapidly, but it also gives a chance to those with little to no academic background to show what they are capable of. Moreover, it seems that human skills have taken the lead over hard skills. According to a study lead by Pearson, the top five coveted skills to have are communication, customer service, leadership, attention to detail, and collaboration. Thus highlighting your people skills on your resume is definitely worth a try.
The second trend has been growing in popularity since the Covid-19 pandemic, namely hybrid working. Remote work is beneficial for employees, since it creates a healthy work-life balance and allows for more flexibility. Yet, it also proves to be interesting for companies and recruiters who can hire candidates regardless of their location preferences. A recent study indicates that 14% of people would be willing to earn less money to be able to work from home.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
The third trend for 2023 is linked with artificial intelligence (AI). Companies are putting technology to good use and have increased efficiency and employee experience thanks to automation. Using digital tools allows HR professional to hire candidates more quickly. A recent survey shows that 70% of people believe that the accuracy and the speed of HR-related tasks can be improved thanks to AI.
Training and Development
The fourth trend for 2023 is linked with employee training and development. In any sector, there is a constant need to reassess yourself and your knowledge to effectively exceed competition. Moreover, investing in training and development leads to employees feeling acknowledged and motivated, which will in turn increase productivity.
Last but not least, we must talk about employee well-being at work. Developing a sense of comfort and well-being within a company can come in many forms. A recent survey from Delta Air Lines brought forward initiatives that could improve well-being at work, such as offering healthy food options, scheduling free counselling sessions, or inviting people to get coaching sessions on budgeting for instance.
In a nutshell, on the one hand, companies should assess whether hybrid working, artificial intelligence and training and development is relevant in their working environment. Moreover communicating on mental health remains paramount and solutions should be brought up, if needed. On the other hand, those searching for new work opportunities should inform themselves on the elements valued in a resume, such as human skills.
To conclude, making steps towards a healthy and productive work environment is necessary to ensure overall satisfaction at work.
Alyssa Lefever Communications and Marketing Intern