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Technology is on the mind of many of today’s human resource leaders. In a rapidly transforming workplace, they want to know how to find skilled talent as well as engage and satisfy existing employees. To do this, many of them are leveraging technology.

The role of human resource executives is changing as well. Overall, the way that HR leaders discover, recruit and develop talent has shifted over the last decade. While the ability to connect with staff members will always be the strong suit of human resource executives, modern HR professionals must have equal competence in reasoning, fiscal acumen and office automation.

On the hiring front, enterprise leaders are bypassing potential human resource executives who don’t have a firm grasp of analytics. Executives are increasingly recognizing that the future of human resources lies in data-driven models. Resultantly, today’s business leaders want HR professionals who are adept at visualization, digital communication, developing innovative organizational structures and cybersecurity. Data is changing everything, and the numbers are showing enterprise leaders how to get at the heart of what really matters in the workplace.

The following entries reveal 5 more employment trends that are emerging.

Trend 1: Telecommuting Is Growing in Popularity

Today’s employees can work virtually anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi connection, including at home, their favorite coffee shop or on a beach. Over the last 20 years, the number of telecommuters has increased fourfold, surging to 37-percent. This development was made possible by virtual private network (VPN) technology, which supports secure communication with enterprise servers.

The emergence of the teleworker has resulted in the ability to build enterprise teams from staff members located around the world, widening the professional talent pool and leading to increased employee satisfaction. With the abundance of teleconferencing collaboration resources that exist, this trend will continue to rise.

Trend 2: HR Professionals Are Leveraging Competitiveness to Increase Productivity

Gamification makes it fun for job applicants to show off their skills. They can take gamified tests on their smartphones or an enterprise device, while a back of the house system analyzes applicant performance. The resource gives hiring managers a wealth of information that they can use to evaluate job candidates.

Across the continuum of industries, human resource professionals are taking advantage of gamification to increase productivity. They’re deploying it for marketing, teaching and recruiting and have been using the methodology to screen candidates, making cognitive testing an enjoyable experience for potential recruits.

Trend 3: Dealing With Domestic Violence Is No Longer Off-Limits

In the United States, one in five women reports being a victim of domestic abuse. 44-percent of respondents to a recent poll report that they know of someone in an abusive relationship, while 21-percent of respondents reported being victims of abuse themselves. In this environment, HR leaders must be ready to help victims and investigate suspected perpetrators of domestic violence. As a result, more employers are reaching out to staff members who are victims of the crime.

Today’s HR professionals must be extremely cautious about the risk of hiring employees who’ve been legitimately accused of committing domestic violence. Dealing with this matter in the workplace is a new experience, and most likely very uncomfortable, but it’s a crime that can hurt staff members and enterprises in many ways.

Trend 4: Employers Are Finding Innovative Ways to Close the Talent Gap

Finding skilled talent is a major problem for United States enterprises, and one of the biggest challenges facing HR professionals this year is managing changing staffing demands. Consequently, analysts expect major changes in the ways that employers find and recruit talent this year.

It’s forecast that employers will bolster their ranks from two fronts: internally and externally. Enterprises have increased their engagement with local learning institutions to build their workforce and, at the same time, are working on creating a corporate culture that promotes career development and worker satisfaction.

Trend 5: Employers Are Providing Pay Transparency to Increase Worker Satisfaction

In 2017, United States enterprises started feeling the pressure to be more transparent about employee compensation and classification. Google spearheaded the movement with the announcement that it would post salaries for all of its future job openings.

At roughly the same time, legislators enacted laws to promote transparency. As a result, the trend toward enterprises providing clarity about pay rates is likely to increase. This should produce a more satisfied talent pool and fewer incidents regarding salary inequity. More importantly, researchers have proven that employees are more satisfied with fair pay and salary transparency, rather than a higher income.

While politicians promise the return of American manufacturing jobs, the truth is that they cannot fulfill this promise amidst a wave of technological innovation. With the emergence of self-driving cars and automated retail checkouts, this trend is already impacting America’s workforce. The smart move is to embrace this trend and prepare workers for the workplace of tomorrow. From leveraging social media, to streamlining recruitment, to preparing workers for new roles — human resource professionals face challenges ahead in keeping a full roster of satisfied personnel.