Dec 4th, 2019

      What Will Dictate the IT HR Market in 2020?

      What’s new to anticipate in the following business year? Some HRs consider trends will be the same, some of them believe that there will be room for creativity and using new technology, some are waiting for innovations.
      What’s more, we’ve analyzed global trends for HR management recently, and how it’s time to look into the future - which, except for the previously-mentioned trends will strengthen?

      Meet the hottest HR trends for the 2020 year!

      HR Continues to Become Agile

      There might be nothing simpler in business than taking best practices from one field and implementing them in other spheres of life and work. Though agile methodologies have been driving the IT industry since the 90s, it started overcoming borders of development teams and conquering recognition of other fields only recently.

      First, here is the global meaning of what “agile HR” is for:
      1. Organizing human resources processes to facilitate the adaptiveness and responsiveness of all company departments and their activities.
      2. Improving the flexibility of the entire workforce.

      What are the best ideas of the agile methodology implemented in HR management?
      - Employees have tons of opportunities for learning and improving their skills, which results in increased productivity.
      - Organizations have become employee-oriented, they care about their HR brands and search for talents, not only for performers.
      - Talent management has become more open to everyone. Employees are facilitated to take an active part in talent acquisition, some companies even reward them for helping find the best matches for vacancies.
      - Mission and vision are becoming not only words on paper, but ideas of how every employee can improve the product or project they are working on. They know their role and clearly see its importance.
      - Company leaders learn to be attentive to employees’ feedback, so even small ideas and initiatives have a chance to be piloted and embodied in a product or its part.
      - Colleagues’ self-motivation and engagement are on the top of HR values now. 

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      Can you see the difference? Complex systems are left in the past, agile lets all levels of a company become independent, effective, highly motivated satisfied with work and results. If earlier it was almost impossible to carry an idea to the C-Suite, and its implementation could take plenty of documentation, long months and even years, today, any idea can reach a director in 10 minutes and it will be planned for implementation the next day!

      Outsourcing Human Resources

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      This is a major trend for IT, which affects all layers of human resources management. Long story short, outsourcing is about transferring non-core yet important company processes to external performers. If earlier this approach was practiced by large global companies, nowadays, even the smallest firms practice this.
      If you’re not in IT for the first day, you might use this too. Though some companies prefer hiring in-house specialists only, outsourcing can solve many financial problems.
      Here is an example… Do you need a professional recruiter who will have to close a rare vacancy? Do you need a full-time HR for a remote team? That’s it, saving funds is the main goal of trendy outsourcing. Every business owner has this at the top of their plans.

      What are the benefits of outsourcing?
      - You can acquire a whole team if necessary. In the case you are not ready to hire an in-house HR manager, address to an outsourcing company. They might even guarantee measurable results - in recruitment or employee engagement.
      - They may have vast experience in building HR processes for large well-known companies and creating a positive image for your HR brand.
      - In the majority of cases, outsourcing specialists are more cost-effective, as you pay them not for working hours but the result. 

      Still, we need to warn you about the main drawback of outsourcing. The lack of constant live communication with employees hardly will be harmful, still, HR management is about working with people, speaking to them, discussing their wishes, goals and problems, which can be not very effective if your HR manager is outsourced.

      Simplicity is Everything

      Do you remember the times when ‘complexity’ was synonymous with ‘professionalism’? Fortunately, they are over and today's motto of the HR industry is ‘Help, not complicate’. Long ineffective courses on occupational safety and health with tons of theory and almost no practical advice, methodological seminars where people fall asleep because they have already heard that outdated information on endless HR reports… Forget about them!
      Time is money, so it’s crucial that people use it efficiently. 

      How is this implemented in HR management?
      - HR specialists find the best solutions tailored to the needs of professionals. These are practical pieces of training, courses held by practical professionals, lessons on updating skills. These events are paid off by the employee’s experience invested in the work on the project.
      - Introducing education as a natural part of people's work is what HRs do. Their work is seamless and natural, and the results are worth it. 

      By the way, happy employees will help you build the HR brand image you need. Simple solutions attract people, engage talents, help companies grow. If you recall examples from other industries, no one has been staying in a long queue to get a complex solution, but look at crowds invading Apple stores when a new and easy-to-use iPhone comes out.
      Also, companies use gamification to make things simple: they brainstorm, find suitable solutions to complex issues faster and with pleasure.

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      New Career Models

      We have discussed millennials many times so far, and this article won’t be an exception. These are people of working age and all of us see the necessity of using a brand-new approach for making them loyal staff.
      This trend is not so new but in 2020, it will become even more actual. Searching for candidates with a 10-year experience is nearly impossible today. The labor market dictates other rules, as the Y generation is the core of modern workforce, and soon, companies will have to hire Z-generation people whose attitude to office working hours is far from positive.

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      Candidates for your vacancies prefer remote work and a flexible schedule without being tied to the office. Why?
      - Working conditions associated with a tough office schedule can burn employees out!
      - People won’t spend hours in morning traffic jams to get to the office, so they will have more time and inspiration to do their job from home.
      - Of course, it depends on the level of self-motivation, but some people become even more productive when they work at home and at a convenient time - they can be owls or larks, and working in the usual mode will be much more effective!

      From our experience, some company leaders allow their full-time employees to work remotely all the time or partly, let’s say, 2 days per week can be ‘remote’. It does not matter where the staff does their work if the result is consistent with the company's goals. 

      Are These the Only Trends?

      We’ve highlighted the strongest trends which are about to skyrocket in 2020. Obviously, many other fascinating things in HR management will be actual next year. Everyone keeps in mind creative talent acquisition, using technology in human resources management, for example, chatbots and video interviews, corporate ethics, and other promising things.
      There’s a lot of ways to improve your attitude to HR processes which will for sure bring your company success and profit.