The employment trends that we have seen emerging in 2022 have proved to be the biggest recruiting trends we have seen emerging so far in the future. Let’s take a look at five of the most talked about topics that have the potential to improve your hiring strategy. This will help you get your company started on the right foot in 2023.
Employer branding will shift to highlight current values
Employees want to feel as though they are a part of something bigger, and newer generations only agreeing to work with companies that share their commitment to social responsibility. Supporting diversity and inclusion, offering and implementing ethical business practices, giving back, promoting health and well-being are ways companies can be socially responsible. By companies being transparent about their operations, policies, and impact on society, the environment, and by taking responsibility for their actions, they are not only going to increase consumer confidence, but employees will be driven to be a part of that appeal.
Hiring for soft skills continue to be on the rise
Building strong relationships is a critical component of effective leadership, and soft skills are channels to make it happen. Offering regular, open communication, creating a culture of collaboration and being able to problem-solve are skills that are becoming harder to find in leadership. Ways that leaders can work on their soft skills include:
- Seeking Feedback: There are several opportunities for leaders to seek regular feedback from their employees, peers, and superiors to gain a deeper understanding of their strengths and areas for improvement in terms of communication, emotional intelligence, and other soft skills.
- Developing Emotional Intelligence: There are several ways in which business leaders can improve their emotional intelligence, including by practicing self-awareness, empathy, and active listening, as well as finding training and resources to help them achieve this goal.
- Improving Communication Skills: Developing practical communication skills requires leaders to practice active listening, be clear and concise in their speeches, and seek training and resources to improve their public speaking and writing abilities.
- Building Relationships: Effective leaders practice active listening, are approachable, and demonstrate empathy and understanding with their staff, peers, and superiors.
- Developing Cultural Awareness: Leaders can enhance cultural awareness by learning about different cultures, seeking diverse perspectives, and ensuring that cultural differences are respected and included.
- Embracing Continuous Learning: Through continuous learning and attending workshops, conferences, and training programs, leaders can expand and develop their soft skills.
Economic uncertainties will continue to affect hiring
Economic uncertainties can affect hiring in several ways. Among the concerns that candidates and employers will face in the coming year is the possibility of a recession and a rise in inflation that could have an adverse impact on their ability to find work and hires. Hiring trends will be affected by hiring freezes, reduced budgets, changed priorities as business try to stay afloat and still meet business objectives, decreased consumer confidence.
Remote work is more popular now than ever
While 2022 brought on a lot of push back towards working from home, with large tech companies implementing in-office only policies, companies benefit from having remote workers in several ways. From increased flexibility, to lower overhead costs, to increased employee output by having greater overall productivity, retention, collaboration and engagement, remote work helps bring results and save money. If your company wants to continue to attract top talent, definitely consider a remote or hybrid policy.
Using social media for recruitment
Social media, if used as a hiring channel, can be one of the most powerful channels to conduct it in. Not only are recruiters able to see candidates’ skills and experience, candidates can also demonstrate their skills through digital means in more ways than simply posting their resumes online. Social media allows companies to reach a wider and more diverse audience of potential candidates, increasing the pool of applicants for open positions. Using social media for recruitment is often more cost-effective than traditional recruitment methods, such as placing ads in print or online job boards. Social media can help companies improve their employer brand by showcasing their company culture, values, and employee experiences, making them more attractive to potential candidates.
Having a well-designed recruitment strategy offers several benefits to companies. Not only will can it increase efficiency, candidate experience and make for better hiring decisions, you give yourself potentially a wider talent pool, cost savings and overall a better alignment to your business goals.
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