The field HR is constantly evolving in response to the changing workplace. Consider the following big trends in HR management for 2017 and beyond.
- The annual performance review is back. This longtime staple of workplace, evaluation fell out of favor some time in 2015 when a few big names dropped the practice. Some companies have reported a decline in worker engagement since this big change, and many companies will be returning to yearly reviews in 2017.
- Teams are getting restructured. Nontraditional workers such as freelancers and contractors are becoming more common and are on pace to represent more than a third of a typical company's workforce. This means that HR managers will need to create ways to engage these unconventional employees, integrate them into the workplace culture, and establish appropriate titles and hierarchies around nontraditional workers.
- Workplaces are treating fresh talent as individuals. A few years ago, HR departments were making sweeping generalizations about Millennials, assuming their capabilities and preferences as a group rather than as individual employees. As Generation Z joins the workforce, HR departments are using predictive technologies to assess individuals without the intense focus on age.