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Popular Human Resources Trends to Follow in 2018 Part 1 of 2

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Most companies have noticed a trend – that many qualified candidates are hitting the job market in 2018. So, what’s the best way for you to find qualified applicants for your company? Do you rely on referrals, mobile apps or job fairs to broadcast your employment opportunities?

Modern-day recruiters primarily rely on social media to find candidates. A staggering 92 percent of recruiters rely mainly on social media, with 78 percent saying that personal referrals are still the best way to find qualified applicants. Add this to the fact that there are more than 100 job boards where employers can post jobs and potential employees can hunt down employment.

What’s the best job advertising avenue for your company and what HR trends will dominate 2018? Let’s explore some of the top picks for this year. Share on social media that your company is offering the latest benefits and see how many qualified candidates you’ll attract.

Continuous Feedback

Instead of only holding annual performance reviews, employees prefer receiving constructive feedback at least two times weekly. Ongoing feedback is far more desirable for employees, which helps them constructively learn throughout the week instead of trying to listen to an hour-long performance review that happens once a year. Professionals want career advancement, and with regular constructive feedback, they can help achieve their goals.


Learning should be continuous, and employees want to improve themselves. More companies will overhaul their learning and development programs for employees. Learning Management Software (LMS) will be a popular choice for many businesses this year. These systems deliver instructor-led training in a virtual environment, offering exams, certifications and even compliance content for employees.

Unique Benefits

Employers that offer unique benefits are sure to stand out to qualified applicants this year. More employees are looking for jobs with flex hours and those that allow them to work from home a couple of days a week. However, one benefit that will explode this year is people taking their pets to work. The pet industry is booming, and people spend more than $60 billion on their pets annually. If a company can’t allow flexible pet hours, they should consider offering pet insurance to employees.

Wellness Beyond Walls

Beyond cubicle walls, human resources departments realize that employees that have successful, healthy work-life balance are far more productive than their counterparts. More and more companies are putting policies in place that prohibit employees from checking their work email while outside the office or on PTO. This helps decrease stress. Companies are also instituting more wellness programs, as the cost of having sick or stressed employees is hurting bottom-line budgets.

Read and explore more trends that we anticipate will dominate 2018.

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