This year, not least in part because of the global pandemic and shift to remote working, has witnessed some significant introspection when it comes to People Operations/HR. From a focus on adaptability, not credentials, to admitting bias continues to be a problem even in distributed teams and proactively working to reduce it when hiring, we reflect on the most important global HR trends of 2020.
Remote employing is a trend that is here to stay. While the Covid-19 pandemic forced numerous companies into temporary remote working, many are embracing this new employment structure.
But hiring remotely comes with its own baggage. While HR was traditionally understood as compliance, it is now used interchangeably with People Operations. This is much broader and focuses on employee productivity. The latest global HR trends indicate that looking for progressive traits in new talent and building a culture of care are pivotal for company growth and sustained employee engagement.
To ensure that you are successful in hiring and employing remotely it is vital to keep yourself informed about the latest trends in global HR. Here’s a list of our top 5 trends from 2020 that’ll help you keep on track with best practices.
One of the major benefits of having a remote-friendly hiring process is that it gives your company access to an immense talent pool. But companies cannot benefit from this if they don’t adapt their hiring practices.
Traditional hiring practices have treated employees as parts that need to be managed and made to fit into the company machine. Practically, this meant hiring according to credentials. In contrast, recruiters today, and particularly those hiring remotely, are driven by employee experience and valuing staff efforts. New hiring practices are focusing on adaptability. This means new hires are self-starters and able to adapt to the demands of a continuously changing market and remote work life.
Recruiters are now emphasising different progressive traits and behaviours like:
Instead of cultural fit, keeping an eye out for these features means you are recruiting driven employees who are keen to learn. Nurturing these capabilities will incentivise your remote talent to work towards their personal and professional development, as well as company growth.
2020 has made every company question the diversity of their teams and it has exposed those businesses that have not been making an effort to tackle hiring bias. This also affects remote hiring practices - distributed teams do not automatically equal diversity.
Eliminating hiring bias can help you create a shared sense of belonging amongst all your remote employees. Belonging is a key to long-term employee well-being and engagement. Remote companies are facing the added challenge of working across time, space, and multiple cultures. To create an inclusive and equal workplace for all, companies hiring remotely need to make an active effort to remove bias from their hiring process.
To focus your hiring process and avoid bias, you can try the following:
A super diverse workforce can be a huge advantage to your company culture and the products and services you offer. But to make the most of the infinite global talent pool, inclusive, unbiased hiring is essential.
Investing in employee development directly feeds into company growth. Remote employees require additional development strategies to ensure they are receiving the training they need. The main considerations are:
Fortifying your employees through development will not only make them more resilient to global shifts in the long-term, but your company too.
More than ever before, today companies are tasked with taking care of their employees’ well-being. With Covid-19 completely redefining work life, employee well-being has been of massive importance in 2020. While the turn to the physical and mental well-being of employees started prior to the pandemic, it has gained immeasurable value this year.
In order to ensure the overall well-being of remote employees, the principle of well-being needs to be holistically integrated into their work life. Some useful tips include:
While these methods may seem superfluous, they are actually proven to boost remote employee experiences and incentivise employees to attain company-wide growth.
A holistic and healthy workplace experience retains remote employees and keeps them incentivised. Just because there is no corporate physical workplace for everyone doesn’t mean that you can’t build an engaging workplace.
Together, digital and cultural aspects of work are shaping the contemporary workplace. The following behaviours can create an inclusive work environment for your remote employees:
Ensuring the comfort of your employees will motivate them to engage more dynamically with their work and their co-workers. This will give them a strong sense of belonging and gear their efforts towards wider company goals.
Omnipresent is making employing remotely painless for companies like yours. Our comprehensive services cater fully to the needs of remote employers. We help you with:
In addition, our tailored benefits packages ensure your employees are getting the benefits they are legally entitled to, as well as any additional perks your company wants for them.
We believe that employee and employer experiences go hand-in-hand. While we sort out your employees’ admin, you can focus your attention on high ROI activities - like engaging your employees. By creating a resilient workforce, you are ensuring the growth of your company.
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