Recruitment Trends in the Year 2018
Author: Ankit Pareek
In the later part of last year, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Automation became the buzzwords in the recruitment industry. However, year 2018 is the time, when these things will be actually put to use. Recruiters across the world have realized that Artificial intelligence & Machine Learning can answer a lot of complex questions for them, and likewise automation through efficient tools will keep businesses responsive, effective, and most importantly competitive.
So, here is the list of some of the key trends set to revolutionize the recruitment and Jobs industry in 2018:
- Technology will improve the Speed of hiring.
Tools and Applications will be most sought after in the year 2018, and this is set to increase the speed of recruitment activities significantly. Automation of candidate follow-ups, candidate tracking, requirement matching, resume searching and resume matching will not only save time, but would also remove errors. So, it’s highly likely that use of tools such as Applicant Tracking System (ATS) would see a sharp upsurge. And, this also means that these tools are going to become more efficient and more-user friendly by the help of latest technological advancements.
Recruiters and Recruitment Consultancies, who till now, were avoiding using tools and preferring the traditional spreadsheets, would now have to embrace the new technology with open minds. Those who are late to open-up, will be legging behind for forever.
- Aided Decision Making Process.
Decision making of recruiters and hiring manages is going to be aided by the machines, yes you read it right. Machine learning and artificial intelligence would help in decision making, would answer complex puzzles faster than an eye blink, and would prove to be practical rather than mere mind-pleasers.
And most importantly, this machine aid is not only going to be useful in getting and providing jobs, but would also be very popular and talked about phenomenon across the hiring world.
- Change in how ‘Employee Wellness’ is achieved.
We have seen employee wellness being important for the organizations all throughout the recent past, however, it’s going to see a significant change in how this wellness is approached and achieved. More companies will go for flexi work hours and work from home options for employees, and performance based pay will be made more lucrative. Employee wellness is going to be as aggressive activity as recruitment has ever been.
360 degree feedback mechanism, which still is just a fancy term, would actually be followed by many organizations formally and informally. So, a concept on ‘Senior-Junior relationship’ is set to fade away, It’s going to be replaced by the ‘Colleagues of different abilities’ concept. Wherein, everyone is deemed to be worthy of mentoring and grooming the other, irrespective of the age, experience, and tenure in the organization.
- Diversity and Inclusion
Interestingly, in every corner of the world, including countries as traditionally rigid as Saudi Arabia, we will see diverse teams working and growing together. Intolerance was the buzzword in the years of 2016 and 2017, and diversity and tolerance will blossom and spread-out in the year 2018. Factually, all teams with diverse members have done better than conservative teams. People of different ethnicity, race, religion, creed, color and gender will be empowered in the year 2018.
We have already started noticing diverse teams, which are constituted by people of contrast cultures and origins, as well as the half population (the women) is certainly finding more opportunities to grow and prove themselves.
All in all, the year 2018 is going to be an exciting year to watch out for. We started seeing world economies do better recently, as well as technological advancements have been hard to miss. Hope, this all translates into a prosperous and happier world.
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