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Take Note of Leading HR Trends for the Coming Years

2021 is almost over, which means the beginning of another year is around the corner. Aside from the upcoming holidays, this also signifies the season of year-end reviews—what worked, what didn't work, and so on. Needless to say, it's also important to move forward fully informed. For HR professionals, this is key to unlocking a better path for their workforce in 2022 and onwards.

Read on to learn more about leading HR trends that you should take note of:

Data-driven Analytics

Despite how amazing data and metrics are in terms of supporting decision-making, many HR professionals are not using analytics regularly. Only around 34 percent of them, according to findings by Sage People. LinkedIn did some research that showed people analytics are driven by factors such as:

  • AI-powered chatbots
  • Competitive markets
  • Recruitment automation tools
  • Screening tools

Diversity, Equality, Inclusion (DEI)

Diversity has never been more important than it is now. Having a workforce that's highly diverse positively impacts team morale, innovation, and profitability. This includes education initiatives, analytics that help with accountability, and redefining hiring strategies.

A key example of all this is the anti-bias training for employees that Starbucks initiated in the US and Canada. These measures came into play after an infamous incident wherein two people of color were arrested without cause in a Starbucks after the manager phoned the police.

Hybrid Workspaces

A survey among 127 companies by Gartner in June 2020 revealed that almost half (47 percent) would let their employees keep working remotely post-COVID. 43 percent of the respondents, on the other hand, are aiming to introduce a more flexible scheme. For them, it would be the prerogative of employees to work on-site or remotely.

Hybrid offices or workspaces are quickly rising, giving workplace organization a flexible approach:

  • "Coworking-esque" - When the office is organized this way, employees will not have any specifically assigned workplaces or desks. If there's a choice offered to an employee and they opt to work on-site, they will have to book workspaces in advance.
  • Flexible Hours or Days - This aims to boost productivity while striking a better work-life balance. This office organization setting allows individual workflow management and time off-site with no issues.
  • Partially Remote - As the name suggests, it involves part of the workforce being on-site while others work remotely. This happens when companies can't go fully remote due to restrictions in terms of hardware or security concerns.

Redefining the Employee Experience

COVID-19 has made a considerable change when it comes to employee experience. McKinsey had shared a report that found companies spent 2021 building strong leadership and trust amongst employees old and new. As HR professionals learned all too well during the pandemic, talent thrives in an environment that's supportive and reliable.


Human resources is one of the most important facets of any workplace. With the way the world has been shifting given the pandemic, it's more vital than ever to pay close attention to HR trends. This includes data-driven analytics, redefining the employee experience, and hybrid workspaces.

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