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30 HR & Business Terms and Trends in 2018

Our vocabulary visibly expands, so should our ability to embrace change and transformation! 30 terms and notions that you (may) have heard of, or trends which you are already experiencing.

1. AQ (Adaptability Quotient) becoming more important than IQ (Intellectual Quotient) or EQ (Emotional Quotient)

2. “Stand-Up Strategists” (leaders who understand the utility of humor to boost creativity and innovation)

3. Employee Journey Design & Employee Experience (an ecosystem that integrates 3 core dimensions: engagement, culture & performance management)

4. Design Thinking (a solution-based approach to solving problems)

5. Desired Skills for HR Executives: visual thinking, strong digital communication skills, organizational design thinking and data security

6. Gig Economy (a labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs)

7. Preparing for Generation Z, soon to arrive for job interviews and internships

8. Millennial Executives (millennials moving up to roles at company’s top level; emphasis on management coaching)

9. Retirement of Boomers (organizations are challenged to test their succession planning, to grant meaningful roles to employees who are sun-setting their careers, while maintaining engagement and productivity of employees who are continuing to work because they cannot afford to retire)

10. Employee Wellness

11. Mental Health in the Workplace

12. Shift from traditional desks to Sit-to-Stand Desks (because “sitting is the new smoking”)

13. Mobile Everything

14. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) & related technological risk coverage

15. The rise of Telecommuting

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16. Gamification (application of game elements in non-game contexts to improve engagement, organizational productivity, learning, recruitment, evaluation, etc.)

17. HR Chatbots

18. Continuous feedback loop vs. traditional performance evaluation

19. Online Learning & Learning Management Software

20. People Analytics

21. Integration of HR data with non-HR enterprise data

22. GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation (applicable to EU and compulsory as of 25.05.2018)

23. AI-based HR technology

24. Social Recruitment

25. Diversity & Inclusion

26. Upskilling & Reskilling

27. Engagement replacing loyalty

28. Transparency becoming the new controlling

29. Understanding of financials (for all employees across an organization)

30. Zero tolerance for harassment (#MeToo moving into the general workplace)

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“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” Steve Jobs


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