Six HR trends for 2014

by Cameron Edmond16 Dec 2013
With 2013 winding down, HR professionals and business leaders alike are turning their attention to the trials, opportunities and trends that the new year will bring.
“There are six key HR developments that will be crucial to growth and continued success,” Karen Cariss, global CEO of PageUp People, explained. “These trends need to be front-and-centre on the global executive agenda when planning for next year.”
The six key developments, as highlighted by Cariss, are:
Talent intelligence
With organisations gaining ground on their understanding of big data, the importance of HR-themed analytics will become more crucial in 2014. The uses of these analytics will range from developing people strategies to exploring ‘what if’ scenarios.

Involvement of the C-suite
Not only is HR expected to enter the C-suite, but a further emphasis on the workforce’s presence there is also expected. “The complexities and challenges created by the global economic landscape require leadership teams to continually re-evaluate their organisation’s strategies. Doing so enables organisations to determine how workforce assets can be fully leveraged,” Cariss said.

How mobile has changed HR
Mobile applications are expected to play a more crucial role in 2014. Mobile career sites and applications will be leveraged by organisations to reduce time and cost-to-hire in an attempt to combat the widening gap between skills availability and business requirements.

Invest for success
New solutions to technology investments that offer deeper functionality will be delivered via a software-as-a-service (SAAS) model. These tools will be used for functions such as candidate relationship management and career path planning.

Borderless talent management
‘Glocalisation’ is a term that was thrown around in 2013, with its true colours set to be revealed in the new year. As organisations and workforces become borderless, the ability to manage globally and execute locally is becoming increasingly important. The ability to respect and reward cultural nuances and expectations must be coupled with a talent management solution that supports compliance and enterprise visibility for organisations to remain relevant in 2014. See page 44 of HR Director issue 11.12 for a detailed explanation of glocalisation.

Social is here to stay
Social media has become an important utility for recruitment. The usage of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms for recruitment is set to intensify in 2014, with organisations seeking to keep track of both alumni and new talent pools. The use of social tools for L&D functions will also come to fruition in 2014.


  • by Gev Dalal 17/12/2013 2:40:40 PM

    My view is that Organisational Development will be the key to success in future for HR professionals with emphasis on understanding in depth the stage where the organisation and making continuous suggestions and waves to forsee the future along with the CEO or MD and craft out a way to be there. If anyone in the organisation can do it and who has perspective of all departments is HR. SO HR professionals rise up and educate yourselves to understand all the business functions in depth and not superfluous, as the future will belong to people who is there to develop the greatest asset of all ... MEN

  • by Michael Cappiello 4/01/2014 5:36:37 AM

    The article is well done at a high level summary level and I have to agree there is a great deal of opportunity for HR professionals to provide a great deal of value to the organizations they work for. The technologies one may utilize will vary greatly based on the industry and size of a organization. The key for any HR professional is understand what is available and just as important, what is be options for their organization giving the greatest return on investment.

  • by Sujata Shahi 23/01/2014 5:53:18 PM

    The article is useful and informative for HR practitioners. To manage diversity, retention and satisfaction of employees , a transparent system should be placed in organization where employees will have comfort level with technology and practices of organization.

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