At Randstad, we know first-hand the impact an exceptional human resources team has in the workplace. HR professionals are the heart of the workplace. They make important hiring decisions that shape company culture for years to come. They greet new hires, getting them settled and making them feel welcome. They’re the go-to people when questions about payroll, benefits and training arise.
As Millennials and Gen Z surge into the Canadian workforce, workplaces are changing rapidly to accommodate their unique needs and work preferences. The days of strictly enforced 9 to 5s are waning. New work habits emerging, like a rise in contract, temp and freelance work, working from home, and shared workspaces. To be effective, human resources professionals must adapt and meet the shifting needs of workers. Technology is also influencing the direction of HR: in today’s workplaces, digitization is becoming the standard. HR professionals must be adept at using a variety of online employee management and assessment tools.
Labour shortages in several rapidly growing fields are another HR challenge in 2017. The tech, engineering and skilled trades industries are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers. With fewer candidates than opportunities, there’s fierce competition amongst employers. It falls to HR teams to connect with talent and develop recruitment strategies that ensure their employer is bringing in the talent needed to grow and innovate.