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unaffected.. Almost no employees have received a raise without a promotion this past year. Normal bonuses and profit sharing have been replaced with mandatory furloughs and more work to replace that of laid-off coworkers. Mourning the loss of laid-off coworkers with feelings of guilt, anxiety, and fear has also chipped away at the employee’s comfort level at work. Looking over their shoulder and protecting their own job has become commonplace. Millennials Are on the March For the employer, managing millennials is a skill managers need to develop. The millennial quest for worklife balance and for having a life outside of work is legend. Employers accommodate these talented young people and develop their strengths and ability to contribute, or you'll lose them to an employer who will. Many of them have options. They bear no resemblance to the "company man,” touted as the ideal employee in earlier years. And, the workplace is changing to accommodate them. Employee Recruiting and Networking Online Employers have seen a transformation in how people find each other for networking and jobs this decade. From large job boards like Indeed to niche job sites, from networking on discussion lists to sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Ecademy, networking and recruiting will never be the same again. Human Resources employees have either kept up with the new ways of interacting and communicating or they are doing their organizations a disservice. Social media networking is the new way to find employees, find jobs, get answers to questions, build a wide-spread, mutually supportive network of contacts, and keep track of colleagues and friends. Social media and online recruiting bring the employer new challenges. Developing social media and blogging policies, deciding whether to monitor employee time online, and checking candidate backgrounds online, just scratch the surface of new employer challenges. Made to Order Employment Relationships Teleworking or telecommuting, a rare privilege in the 1990s, has taken workplaces by storm. One giant computer company reports that 55% of its employees not only telecommute, they work from home all of the time. A New York City publishing company allows telecommuting two days a week and employees can bargain for more. Teleworking is not the only component of the new made to order work arrangements. Flexible anything has become the new norm. Flexible work hours, flexible four day work weeks, flexible time off for appointments, and the most important trend of all: Paid time off (PTO) allows employees to take time off when they need the time as it consolidates sick leave, personal time, and vacation time into a bank of days for employees to use. Additionally, trends such as bringing baby or the family pet to the office also fall within this workplace flexibility. Superficially, all of these components of the made to order Human Resources employment trend offer benefits for employees. But, they offer benefits for employers, too. Employers don’t need to police
Employers need to make sure this degree of connectivity is not required. and the employee’s access to the training does not walk out the door at the seminar’s end. . Online learning. Almost no one goes on vacation without their smart phone. This is the decade when employers experiment with classroom training in a virtual world called Second Life. screen capture and recording software. and webinars provide employee development opportunities. Employees taking PTO email colleagues with the number of their cell phone if they won’t have access to email. Their employees are more motivated and engaged. most employers forbid hourly employees. The Big Blur Online. in general. online learning. relaxing time. employees use them internally to stockpile information. and availability via technology. Tension Increases Over Government Intervention in the Employer-Employee Relationship A debate exists in the US between people who think the government is already intervening too much by making laws that require employers to provide particular benefits for employees. The Rise of Technology Technology has transformed the way in which Human Resources offices manage and communicate employee information and communicate with employees. They hold meetings and share visuals with teams from all over the world. They need to make work and communication more transparent and measurable so the flexibility yields results.employee time. So. Now. and all forms of web-enabled education and training provide options that employees never had when training occurred in a classroom. this work – home blurring is a nightmare for employers who must pay for overtime. teleseminars. They can even work virtually and with distant teams simultaneously. and work-life balance. Employees work at home in the evening on collaborative reports and email. They must also back away from old rules about what an employee was allowed to do at work. Podcasts. This interferes with down time. but most employees just see it as a way of life. and for good and bad. This emphasizes the differences between exempt and nonexempt employees. already a distance. and blogs exist in common language ten years ago? I don’t think so. all the time. Employers are saving millions of dollars in employee travel expenses. for the most part. webinars. laptop. because they have the time necessary to address work-life balance issues. only the early and earliest adopters used them. People who support the government intervention believe that the US government has been negligent in not mandating benefits such as paid sick leave. In a world in which identity theft is prevalent and can cost an employee countless working hours over several years to correct. Employers do need to heed wage and hour laws when dealing with hourly employees who must be paid for every hour they work. to work at home. and share opinions and project progress. They consider it the “right” or humanitarian action to take. and kindle-like device. some employees never stop working. safeguarding employee records is critical. and those who don’t. Did words like Intranets. Employees do their banking at work and their work accounting at home. has blurred the line between work and home. Indeed. Employee Training and Development Transformed . They shop at work and take brief breaks by playing online games. wikis. No generation has ever been this connected. and less stressed out about family and life issues. work collaboratively. earning an online degree or credits. Identity theft is so serious and rising that every employer needs a plan to prevent.
this makes sense. rather than local markets. In an era of globalization. Opponents argue that employer mandated benefits will cost the country jobs and opportunity. Employers seek global. The Rising Cost of Health Care . Outsourcing. the challenges to Human Resources with a globally-located workforce are serious. If a US company has five employees in Hong Kong or six in Europe. It moves evaluation and goal setting away from an annual appraisal administered by the employee’s manager to a mutually beneficial defined contribution and development plan. Whether work is off-shored. Small business. local Human Resources offices do not make sense. probably hired the staff.com/od/businessmanagement/a/top_ten_trends_3. while obeying the laws and honoring the customs of the host country. and Offshoring The US is seeing an overall rise in outsourcing jobs to overseas locations that are viewed as more friendly to business. See my favorite piece about diversity: Search for Similarities: Just Like Me. It allows an employer to develop an employee from onboarding until they leave your company. or the company is simply expanding globally.Opponents want benefits for employees but argue that employers should make benefits choices that their employees desire and that they can afford. the engine of job creation in the US. with assistance from local employment agencies. Human Resources.about. Globalization. and performance evaluation strategy is an important Human Resources trend in my book. The rise of employee payments for part of insurance coverage. The continually rising cost of health care insurance and health care is affecting what employers can provide in terms of additional benefits for their employees. and higher health care provider co-pay office fees are all highlights of the rising cost of care. The evolution of performance management as an employee development.. the US HR Director. http://humanresources. and coworkers. increased payments for covered family members. Discrimination laws have had a profound impact on recruiting and hiring practices and in all areas of equal opportunity employment. Managing and working with these global locations. Employers see the positive impacts of locating offices and factories in global markets and tapping the strengths of local employees who are familiar with business and employment practices in the new locations. Human Resources Trends of the Decade: Honorable Mentions This includes diversity which is already affecting workplaces and legislation. the practice of seeking insurance first from a spouse’s employer. is currently sitting on the sidelines because of the uncertain economy including threatened government mandates and potential changes to health care. In fact.htm . so that economic factors in one location do not hinder progress. outsourced. goal setting. is a challenge for managers.