2020 HR Trends: Recruitment, Automation, Job Reskilling, and More

Posted on 12.11.2019

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The New Year is almost upon us, and with it 2020 HR trends.

We’re looking forward at the future of employment and recruiting trends to see what is on the horizon for 2020 and beyond.

Here are some 2020 HR trends to watch for:

  • Up rise in the gig economy.
  • Hiring remotely and internationally.
  • HR automation.
  • Job reskilling.
  • Outsourced HR.

We recently wrote about the emergence of the gig economy – temporary or part-time roles for hire, vs. full-time, permanent positions.

Intuit estimates that by 2020, 40% of U.S. employees will be freelance contractors.

Adapt to this trend by having a process to screen gig and freelance employee background checks quickly and easily, like with Triton Canada!

Permanent flexibility (working from anywhere at any time) and remote workers may be even more common in the coming year and beyond.

According to the Mercer 2018 Global Talent Trends Study, 51% of all employees want their company to offer more flexible work options. This can include when work is done (hours and timing, and discretion to change); where work is done (location and ability to vary, and infrastructure); what work is done (varied job content and ability to share or exchange); how work is done (varied intensity and scalability); and who does the work (distribution beyond the traditional workforce and automation opportunities).

SHRM also reported that by 2025, automation and digitization will see a rise in remote workers. It might not be unusual to work with people seven or ten time zones away.

Adapt to this trend by screening local and international candidates. For instance, Triton offers international background checks.

HR automation is a growing trend that isn’t stopping in 2020. This could look like chatbots, email automation, automating the hiring process, or otherwise using emerging technology to find more efficiencies in common HR practices.

Many HR teams are using applicant tracking systems (ATS), which can speed up the recruitment process. It also enhances the candidate experience, reduces administrative time, and can improve the quality of the hire.

Adapt to this trend: did you know that you can integrate your pre-employment background checks into your ATS? Learn more: https://www.tritoncanada.ca/ab....

Traditional job skills could be changing in 2020. As workplaces move towards digitization and automation, some skills and job titles may not be as relevant anymore.

According to Forbes, the job skills of the future may be “softer” skills, including emotional intelligence, analytical thinking, a growth mindset, diversity and cultural intelligence, and the ability to embrace change.

Adapt to this trend: The workforce of the future might trend towards upskilling and reskilling current employees to maintain retention. For instance, if you have a great administrative assistant but automation has eliminated much of the role, you might be able to upskill or reskill to a new position.

You can also look for these skills when hiring. These types of skillsets are harder to quantify on a resumé. Instead, you might perform educational history verifications or reference checks to look for credentials and cultural fit.

Several thought leaders are predicting that HR departments may shrink in 2020 and outsourcing will increase. As more processes become automated, there may be less people working in-house. However, outsourcing can also allow HR departments to increase efficiency and quality of results.

Adapt to this trend: Even if you are outsourcing recruitment, don’t forget about the background check. One way to save costs and get better results is through outsourcing background checks through Triton Canada.

What do you think is on the horizon for HR in 2020?

Adapt to the future of work with Triton Canada. Learn about our pre-employment background checks, ATS integration, and more by calling 1-844-874-8667 or visiting www.tritoncanada.ca.