Dan Catanese’s 2017 HR Trends

The HR landscape is constantly changing. HR professionals are always pressed with new challenges. Last year I posted a series of blogs identifying the top HR trends for 2016 and due to popular demand I am kicking off a new series on some key HR issues that will arise in 2017. While HR responsibilities evolve all the time, many stay the same so if you missed my 2016 series, click here, to see some of the highlights from the HR world in 2016.

One month into 2017 the job of HR professionals shows no signs of slowing down and after throwing in a Presidential election I anticipate one of the busiest years yet.

The first trend for 2017 I identified sort of piggybacks on a trend I discussed from 2016, which is the re-evaluation of the employee annual performance review. Last year I talked about how HR has been evolving this process, but in 2017 I anticipate performance reviews to change into performance consulting. Rather than employees simply being reviewed on their performance they will begin to be consulted by managers and HR on an ongoing basis. This will ensure that performance deficiencies can be addressed immediately rather than waiting for the review period. Employees want feedback on their work and delivering it in a constructive, consultative manner is the best way to get the most out of them. By implementing performance consulting you can help make quality employees better ones by offering definitive suggestions for improvement. This change will require HR to train managers to continuously evaluate their team members and look for opportunities to make suggestions for improved performance, but the result will be employees who get better in real time rather than waiting for their review.

2017 is shaping up to be another exciting and challenging year for HR professionals so stay tuned for more posts to help you stay ahead of the game.

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or to discuss solutions for these issues feel free to contact me directly and I would be happy to discuss them with you further.


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