HR professionals are working outside their comfort zones to deal with the effects of post-Covid on the labour market as firms get ready to start a new year of operations. When the markets fully reopened in 2022, managing, keeping, and reskilling personnel remained a difficult task for HR departments. The Great Recession, the health and financial crises, and the War for Talent caused a shift in priorities, which led to the creation of new employment roles in the workplace.
Having said that, unlike difficult economic times, the upcoming year is anticipated to provide an enhanced scope of profitability.The HR plans for 2023 will focus on bridging skill gaps and talent shortages as well as enhancing employee performance and experience because this field is always changing. Cutting-edge trends will result from this, enabling people’s culture and performance.
Strategies for Diversity & Inclusion
Organizations started implementing diversity and inclusion policies in the workplace in the years 2021 and 2022. The upcoming year will solidify its foundation with a focus on training the staff on how to collaborate with people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities. HR professionals are aware of the necessity to implement D&I policies that will result in long-lasting change; however, this can only be done by teaching people about prejudices and fostering engagement through initiatives rather than a draught of policies. For instance, in order to provide women and other staff members from varied backgrounds a chance to advance and compete, supervisors can be instructed to include them in crucial meetings.
The data is the central part of any business strategy. HR teams now know how valuable their employee data could be in driving their engagement, boosting performance and productivity. Since, there is a steep rise in the integration of technology in every business process, a data-driven culture must be created to eliminate guesswork and emotional feelings. As data culture grows, organizations will experience high performance and better employee retention with every role of HR being automated. This will help HRs to shift their focus to more strategic areas and will instill confidence in employees about their unbiased performance review, promotions and growth.
Cloud-based HR processes
The year 2022 witnessed an increased use of cloud-based systems in HR processes. It is nothing new but will gain huge popularity in 2023 and the years to come. Every month, a huge amount of employee-related data is created and to streamline and store that data securely, HRs deploy cloud technologies to put several chunks of it into one piece of software. It is hosted on a secure server and unlike traditional desktop systems, can be accessed from any point. This will eliminate the need to install physical networks and skip expensive system setups. It will streamline the data and will help HRs to move to next year without any hassle of yesteryear.
Virtual reality in recruitment and training
VR is projected to play a substantial role in employee experience in the coming year. As it continues its development, HRs are finding it to be of relevant use in sharing an immersive experience during employee training programs. This can bridge a wide array of competency and soft-skill gaps. VR technology is considered a powerful one in operating as a time-saving tool. It delivers a comprehensive learning experience to employees and can aid users to deliver instant feedback. This helps employees to retain the right information in a more personalised manner.
HR analytics with AI integration
Several cutting-edge technologies are crucial to the future of HR. Only the implementation of artificial intelligence in 2023 will make it possible to implement recruitment trends supported by data analytics. According to a research estimate, AI integration is expected to rise from 40 to 80 percent, which will assist organisations in more accurately finding candidates, analysing resumes, and onboarding new personnel. Simply put, this will allow HR professionals to take use of predictive algorithms and turn massive amounts of data into useful insights.
Human Resources has made significant progress in reshaping the ways in which businesses and employees collaborate and communicate, even in the face of the formidable obstacles posed by the pandemic. The adoption of a hybrid work culture transcends physical boundaries, and everything boils down to technology integration. In the year 2023, it is anticipated that businesses will focus on developing safe, engaging, and progressive work environments while also strengthening their technological infrastructure.
(The author is Ms. Yogita Tulsiani, MD & Co-founder, iXceed Solutions (Global Tech-Recruiter Provider) and the views expressed in this article are his own)