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3 Issues HR Will Face Throughout 2017


Each new year brings new obstacles in the workplace. It’s inevitable as both the workplace, the people in it and the people who run it shift and change with time. Last year was no picnic for HR and upper level management and 2017 will not be without its issues either. Below are three hurdles HR can expect to run into throughout the coming year as well as solutions to power through.

  1. Traditional Training Materials Won’t Work


It should come as no surprise that people, specifically busy employees, and more specifically, busy managers, prefer information to be presented in bite-sized, clear chunks. The traditional classroom-style training process has been on its way out for quite some time now and this may be the year that it retires completely. Your staff does not want to flip through long manuals or watch lengthy training videos. Short, clear instruction will be the way to keep attention, focus, and retention on the up and up.


  1. Diversity Will Be More Important Than Ever


Don’t get me wrong, diversity in the workplace is not a new concept by any means, but in today’s society, it means more than it ever has. Diversity and inclusion aren’t just business characteristics that look good on paper. They are imperative for the overall moral of your company. If it hasn’t already, be sure that diversity is a key priority for your organization as a whole as well as for managers at all levels.


  1. Employer Values Play a Huge Role in Employee Retention


According to this year’s Employee Engagement Study from Cone Communications, 64 percent of American employees feel their work and personal life are becoming increasingly blended. That’s two thirds! Additionally, the study revealed that 93 percent want to work for a company that genuinely cares about them as an individual.


Of course, that’s no real surprise either. Who wouldn’t want to work for a company that cares about them and does good things? But now, more than ever, employees are willing to leave a job if they believe that their employer’s values don’t align with their own.


As society, government, and workforce majority change, so much workplace policies and culture. With ever changing technology, employees’ work and personal lives are more blended now than ever which helps explain why so many of the values people hold dear in their lives outside of work – such as inclusion, purpose, and convenience – will overlap in their priorities in the office as well. That’s not to say that pay isn’t important, of course your employees care about their paycheck, but don’t overlook the importance of these issues because in some (maybe even many) cases, they may take precedent.


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