By: Emma Ross
2020 and 2021 proved to be challenging years for employee retention and recruitment. What can you do to build a robust workforce in the new year? Read below for the top HR trends you can follow in 2022 that will not only help you retain your talented team but attract the area’s best and brightest job seekers this year!
HR trends for 2022:
Internal Mobility: Are you promoting from within? LinkedIn’s 2021 Workplace Learning report revealed employees at companies who practice internal mobility tend to stay twice as long (5.4 years) than at companies who do not prioritize internal career progression (2.9 years). Both managers and staff cite lack of career growth and development as the number one reason they chose to seek external opportunities. Today’s competitive labor market has opened the door for many employees to advance their careers through “job-hopping.” Investing in your team’s professional development and creating paths for career growth will save you the extra cost of recruiting and training new staff later down the road.
Accelerate Your Recruitment Process: How quickly can an applicant go from submitting their resume to their first day on the job? If you are competing with other employers in your area to attract job seekers, it may be time to assess your onboarding process. How often are you checking for applications? Do you stay in contact with applicants throughout the interview process? Do you communicate how long your decision process will take? You can increase the likelihood that candidates will accept your job offers through transparent hiring practices and accelerated onboarding. Job seekers are often looking to start work as soon as possible, and if your recruitment process takes weeks or even a month, they may accept another position with a competitor who was able to bring them on right away.
Managing a Multigenerational Workforce: Does your company culture and practices speak to your diverse team of employees? As an employer, you have the potential to manage a wide range of generations from Traditionalists (born 1927-1946) through Generation Z (born 1996-2015). These various generational groups are at different stages in their careers and are therefore looking for different benefits from their employers. It may feel impossible to juggle the needs of such a diverse group of employees, but you can create a valuable employee experience for your entire staff by focusing on what these generations have in common. For instance, recent polling data among job seekers demonstrates 70% of employees believe improved benefits would decrease turnover. Further studies indicate employees of all generations are looking for more flexible work schedules and companies that reflect their core values. If you are looking for advice on how to recruit and connect with Gen Z talent specifically, read more on our website here.
Are you ready to take the next step in meeting your recruitment goals for 2022? Connect with your local office’s business services team, post your job openings to the PA CareerLink website, and register for a hiring event!