These are some of the work trends that experts predict you might encounter on the job in 2018. There’s a lot of potential for good news here, even if your annual raise didn’t quite meet your expectations.
Expect some employers to expand their benefit offerings beyond health insurance and retirement plans. A small number of employers currently offer optional benefits like student loan assistance and identity theft protection. As companies strive to stretch their comp dollars while increasing engagement, perks like these could gain traction.
Miriam Dushane, managing director at Linium Recruiting, tells HR Dive that she expects diversity to become a priority in hiring next year — at least for smart recruiters.
“The savviest recruiters will understand that this effort is about more than following guidelines and ensuring compliance with regulations,” says Dushane. “True diversity is about embracing the concept of being inclusive, and of recognizing the value that a diverse workforce brings to enrich a company’s workplace, enhance productivity and grow its bottom line.”
The Arrival of AI in the Workplace
Robots might not be coming for your job just yet, but they’re probably going to be joining your team in the near future. At Forbes, Dan Schawbel reports that nearly 20 percent of employers currently use chatbots in the workplace. By 2021, that number is expected to reach 57 percent.
“For example, at Overstock, they have a chatbot for HR called Mila, that lets managers know when employees are sick and at Intel, they use an HR virtual assistant that answers questions about pay and benefits,” Schawbel writes. “As more employees see the efficiency benefits of chatbots, and AI, they will be adopted at a more rapid pace.”
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