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2015 Workplace Trends

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology surveyed its nearly 8,000 members to reveal workplace trends for 2015:

  • Mobile assessments: As technology continues to expand and develop, mobile assessments will be tapped for selection, performance management, and training and development decisions. It is increasingly important for organizations to understand how technology, including social media and social collaboration, is changing the science and practice of selection, recruitment, performance management, engagement and learning.
  • Continued use of HR analytics and big data: With the automation of collection and storage of data, more advanced hardware and software, and larger databases, empirically based big data predictions will become increasingly fundamental to workplace decisions.
  • Integration of work and non-work life: Reduced boundaries between work and home life as a result of new technologies (such as wearables, social media, smartphones, Google Glass) pose challenges for maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
  • Increasing implications of technology for how work is performed: Technology is radically transforming all aspects of work.
  • Organizations will continue to do more with less: With declining budgets the past few years and stakeholders calling for better management and performance of organizations, resource optimization has become core to many organizations' business strategies.
  • Increased need to manage a multigenerational workforce: Four generations make up the current U.S. workforce: Generations X and Y; baby boomers; and the silent generation. They come to work with differing perspectives, assumptions and skills.
  • Emphasis on recruiting, selecting and retaining potential: Organizations will need to increase emphasis on recruiting and selecting new employees this year, while still retaining top talent, due in part to a strengthening economy.
  • Changing face of diversity initiatives: Simply having a diverse workforce may not be enough to give your organization an edge in today's workplace. To make the most of a diverse workforce, leaders need to know how to properly use such diversity.
  • Growth of Corporate Social Responsibility Programs: The measure of a good company has traditionally been its revenue or stock price, but more companies today are also being judged by what they give back to their local and global communities. Corporate social responsibility programs are becoming a business requirement for organizations that want to be seen as responsible citizens.
  • Changes in laws may affect employment-related decisions: Changes in current laws and regulations and the passage of new ones have the potential to affect numerous HR and organizational practices.

Source: Workforce Consultants, Lynda Zugec, 1/6/15