For a lot of reasons, 2016 has been a contentious year. One development that’s less controversial, however, are all of the promising trends that are evolving in the world of HR. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, here are four of the hiring trends we’re most thankful for this year:
In a blog post we put out a few weeks ago, we discussed “blind hiring,” a trending new hiring practice that some employers are using to mitigate the effects of unconscious bias. Unconscious bias refers to the mental shortcuts and stereotypes we use unconsciously when judging situations and making decisions. While the concept of unconscious bias is widely accepted in psychology, many people may find it hard to believe that their everyday decisions are regularly influenced by unconscious bias.
Every week I speak to a lot of hiring managers and recruiters and repeatedly hear their frustrations at not finding enough qualified applicants. Similar sentiments were echoed in Elena Holodny's Business Insider article The US economy is turning into a nightmare for recruiters. Finding quality employees is always at the top of the to-do list for those in HR, and while receiving a ton of applications may seem like a good thing in the hiring process, sometimes the “more-the-merrier” doesn’t quite apply when so few of the applicants are qualified.