Public sector organizations are dynamic systems that evolve year after year based on what's happening around the world, including technological advances and shifts in HR best practices. So, what are the top HR trends of 2023? What are the most important things your public sector organization should focus on, and what can help you meet the challenges of the new year head-on?
These are five of the top workplace trends in 2023 that will have a significant impact on the ways public sector organizations do business.
As the global workforce continues to change, employees are now more mobile, and the number of open jobs continues to rise. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to attract and retain top talent, so organizations must be creative when developing retention and hiring strategies.
Upskilling and reskilling are some of the best recruitment strategies because many employees want to upskill and learn more. Providing opportunities to learn and advance compels workers to ascend to more advanced roles or stay in their current jobs longer.
Plus, training also improves personal development and is a key part of retaining the best talent. With remote work continuing to be a popular trend, it’s easier for employees to add online education or certification programs into their schedules at little or no cost.
The various generations in the workforce can significantly impact trends, especially when it comes to employee satisfaction. Younger generations are more willing to upskill themselves because of the rapid integration of digital technology into every area of business.
If you don’t offer opportunities to upskill and reskill, you could risk losing employees to organizations that will.
We’ve already seen an increase in remote working since the pandemic. But now, employees prefer it even more. Many will leave organizations for a new job that offers remote work opportunities if their current employer does not. Traditional office-centered employment will continue to be threatened by remote working.
The problem agencies face now is that working from home is negatively impacting work culture, engagement, and connection. In one survey, 65% of employers said that maintaining morale throughout the pandemic has been difficult, and over a third said they continue to face challenges with productivity and company culture.
In 2023, organizations should continue reassessing hybrid and remote work arrangements to see what needs to change to improve employee mental health and rebuild company culture.
One of the best things about technological advancement is that we are constantly finding better ways of getting tasks done and increasing productivity. Workflow automation is an increasingly important asset for businesses seeking to become more efficient with AI technology, and recruitment processes will see some of the most significant changes.
The interview process takes up the most time for most HR departments. This is true for both the private and public sectors. HR can streamline the entire hiring process by utilizing workflow automation to eliminate problems like interview clashes or repetitive tasks. Chatbots can be used to address HR questions around the clock and real-time data can help HR teams address issues ahead of time. Automation is revolutionizing the way we do business.
Employees are looking for more diverse benefits focusing on mental health support and wellness. Working during a pandemic increased the stress of workers worldwide as people worried about their health and family. Work-life balance was harder to achieve as the boundaries between work and home blurred. Some employees had no choice but to leave the workforce because of a lack of childcare.
With a focus on employee well-being, benefits like flexible time off to help workers avoid burnout are outranking traditional benefits like onsite amenities. Offering childcare benefits can also increase productivity and retention. Going into 2023, HR teams should try to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health and stress and make it a common topic in all workplaces.
Much like each generation before us, every new generation changes the workplace. Millennials are quickly becoming the majority as baby boomers and Gen Xers phase out. Members of Gen Z are now graduating college and high school and entering the workforce.
The newer generations have different professional career priorities than the older generations. For instance, Millennials and Gen Z members prefer to be in regular contact with managers and supervisors and seek more feedback on their performance. But there will always be a multigenerational workforce where the veterans work side-by-side with younger employees, so finding a way to balance both sides is vital for a strong workplace culture.
Going into 2023, organizations can expect several emerging HR trends. New generations with new workplace expectations will cause some upheaval. Automation will continue to help streamline workflows. Employees are increasingly expecting benefits centered on well-being with mental health support. Organizations will continue to reassess and adjust remote and hybrid work to reduce the negative impact on company culture and connection. Plus, upskilling and reskilling will continue to be important and provide employees with new opportunities to advance in their careers or remain in a position they enjoy.
The future of HR is constantly changing, which is why recognizing key trends is so important to the success of every public sector organization.
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