With 2021 just around the corner and this past year being a very interesting year for the overall workforce, hiring managers are taking notes on predictions for next year. And while we don’t know what 2021 has in store for us, many recruiters are thinking hiring will include increased diversity, flexible scheduling, Artificial Intelligence, and more.
2020 put a high spotlight on diversity, not only in life but also in the workplace. This diversity does not just focus on an individual’s background or where they come from, but also in ways related to experience and work ethic. With an entirely new generation entering the workforce and older generations retiring later, there is a larger diversity in working styles and experience. This allows for new and fresh ideas for the older generation, but also the ability to learn and pass down skills to the younger generations.
If 2020 showed us anything it showed businesses’ ability to adapt to new ways of doing things rather quickly. Almost overnight employers moved to at-home working and added flexibility. Many hiring managers see this as something that will transition into 2021 and will likely increase workforce flexibility for employees. Some companies have even decided to move to permanent at-home work as a way to cut costs without having to layoff employees. This decreases overhead rent and office maintenance. For those that don’t like to work at home, we also expect an increase in shared space offices where you can rent a desk at an office to work from.
Something that has been in an increase for a long time, but has had a production overdrive due to Covid-19 is Artificial Intelligence. As a way to ensure the safety of employees, many companies are turning to machines to help assist with the high demand for supplies such as PPE equipment, medical supplies, and more. Additionally, many companies have moved towards this as a way to keep their employees safe and unexposed, for example, self-checkout machines. This limits employees’ exposure to customers, while still allowing for efficiency.
Many hiring managers also expect an increase in company branding and businesses begin to reopen and increase productivity and push marketing efforts as a way to make up for lost wages and business.
While we don’t know for sure what 2021 will have in store, we do have some expectations for the year of hire. As the economy begins to reopen, not only do we expect an increase in diversity among employees, a wide range of flexibility, and an increase in the use of Artificial Intelligence, but we also expect employers to begin hiring for more positions to make up for business losses in 2020.