There has been a lot of change to businesses in the last two years. In 2018/2019 we have seen the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) come in, along with addressing gender pay gaps and the progression of the dreaded B word… Brexit. All of these topics have been keeping HR teams across the UK very busy, and we only believe we are yet to face more challenges and trends over the course of 2019. So, with that in mind, we have predicted some trends that could come our way in 2019.
Employee engagement is an important part of the working life. It can reduce staff turnover, improve productivity and retain customers. So, what is HR’s role in employee engagement?
Firstly, HR can focus on the cultural fit of the company. Matching an employee’s values to that of the organisation during the hiring process is important, an employee can be taught skills, but if they’re working in an environment that doesn’t suit them, they will become disengaged. Therefore, we are starting to see a conscious effort by HR teams to communicate an organisations values and what they stand for during the recruitment process and to follow this through into ongoing performance management, appraisals and training.
HR in 2019 will be able to make sure that employees are receiving some form of appreciation from their place of work. One place where HR can add value is by taking the lead in sharing performance insights by using tools such as engagement surveys that can be taken by employees anonymously. The insights gained could be used to see if a platform of praise and recognition is needed.
Yes, the B word again – it can’t be helped! Brexit is supposed to take place on the 29th March 2019. It will inevitably be at the top of many organisations’ agendas, and what HR should be thinking about now is the uncertainty it may bring, especially when it comes to employees and providing visas. The best option currently is to provide support and be mindful of how Brexit will affect employees. It’s a good time to check employees eligibility to work in the UK, as not only will this mean you’re up to date, but it will also give you a feel for the size of the challenge you might be facing.
Creating an agile workforce
One prediction for 2019 is that workplaces are going to become more agile when it comes to hiring new employees. Hiring new employees can take up a lot of time and money for organisations. So, instead, companies will start using the resources they have to train up existing ones. By growing the talent that already exists, you are entitling people to progress within the company.
A hot topic for 2019 is flexible working, which means expectations can be high. Employers should be aware that this makes roles more attractive when recruiting. It is going to put a real pressure on HR as the expectations of what makes a good work-life balance is ever-changing. Flexibility also introduces trust between the employee and the employer and increases morale and commitment to the organisation.
What do you think of our predictions for 2019? If you have any questions on our predictions, then get in touch with the Breedon team. Don’t forget we have an extensive range of HR, Recruitment and Learning & Development services, so we can help to provide advice on any of the points mentioned.