What is in store for the HR industry in 2023?

As 2022 comes to an end, we've had a think about what HRs are going to be thinking about the most in 2023.

  • Roni Misano
    Roni Misano

    December 28, 2022

  • As the world of work continues to evolve, HR teams must rise to meet the challenges of the new year. One of the top priorities for HR in 2023 has to be understanding and preparing for changes within their own organization — from driving change management to cultivating and enhancing employee engagement. Alongside this, reprioritizing recruitment and boosting leader and manager effectiveness will play a crucial role in 2023.

    Furthermore, implementing cutting-edge technology into the HR operations process should not be overlooked— because if there’s one thing that makes change easier and enhances employee experience, it’s having the right tools! Here are what we consider to be the top 5 HR priorities in 2023.

    Leader and Manager Efficacy

    Human resources executives have identified leader and manager effectiveness as one of the top 5 priorities for the upcoming year. To hit this goal, HR teams across industries will need to develop new strategies to elevate their leaders’ abilities with a specific focus on human leadership.

    Business leaders and team managers must create an environment where authenticity, empathy, and adaptability not only exist but thrive. Imagine a workplace full of ambitious people who are respectful of each other’s growth and can handle criticism with grace and change course quickly when faced with new opportunities or circumstances. This is the type of atmosphere that investing in HR now has the potential to create for next year and beyond.

    Organizational Design and Change Management

    Research shows that only 38% of employees were prepared to adapt their working behaviors in favour of organizational changes. Significant change in the last couple of years is causing employees to grow more resistant to change and HR managers should thus focus on helping the workforce navigate this. By understanding how current changes are affecting employees and devising strategies to support them through this period, HR managers can make this transition as seamless as possible.

    HR departments need to focus on five key areas: proactive engagement with employees, centralized processes and systems, developing a data-driven culture, nurturing talent from within the organization, and providing robust well-being initiatives.

    Recruitment and Onboarding Strategies

    Recruiting and onboarding are critical parts of any HR strategy. In the new year, HR managers and departments should focus on developing innovative strategies to engage employees, create onboarding for engagement, build a fair internal labor market, and tap into intelligence-based sourcing abilities.

    HR departments’ priorities should revolve around modernizing these processes. This means looking closely at current recruitment practices and adjusting them to meet business needs. By doing this, organizations will have more engaged workforces and streamlined processes for finding (and keeping!) top talent.

    Employee Experience

    In 2023, HR managers can expect a growing emphasis on creating an outstanding employee experience. With people rethinking the role of work in their lives and with remote and hybrid work becoming commonplace, employees are wanting more from their workplace.

    Ensuring employees find their work fulfilling, catching up with them regularly to see how they are doing and utilizing employee engagement surveys can all be great ways to elevate the employee experience.

    Remote and Hybrid Work

    The future of work is here, and it’s changing how organizations think about traditional workforce planning. While the majority still view the future of work as synonymous with the remote and hybrid workforce, what most overlook is that current talent needs – from operational practices to hiring needs. It’s up to HR managers to create a new approach that unlocks new strategies that help move their business forward.

    Anticipating future talent capabilities must become a top priority for HR managers to effectively navigate these changes and ensure they can successfully adapt their business in a rapidly evolving job market.

    Get ready for 2023

    The HR industry will continue to grow and change in the coming years as we learn more about how to engage employees and satisfy their needs. Leader and manager efficacy will become a priority, as well as ensuring that organizational design and change management processes are streamlined.

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