What may surprise most people is how drastic the field of human resources is projected to change following 2016. Many businesses are looking well ahead to prepare for these breakthroughs, and human resource departments that wish to maintain efficiency all over the country are adapting accordingly. Below are some of the projected changes in HR 2017 has in store.

Advancements in technology

As always, technology will continue to evolve, thus forcing HR departments to rethink their approaches in a variety of topics. One of the more positive changes these advancements could bring is better development programs, and more dynamic learning processes. More improved technology can aid in better onboarding experiences, development of specific skillsets rather than broad training sessions, and preparation for leadership positions. Employees both new and experienced can receive continuous education throughout their time at a company.

Generation Z

Millennials are no longer entry-level employees and the newest members of teams. That title now belongs to those in Generation Z , people born between 1996 and now. The older side of the Millennial generation are now in their mid-30’s, many of which holding positions like managers, startup founders, and even CEO’s.

Now reaching the ages of 21-23, members of “Gen Z” are just beginning to enter the workforce, posing a slight problem to HR departments. Leaders in HR will have to gauge how this new workforce acts, and whether or not they bring about new strategies once joined. Another important thing to consider is how Millennials fare in managerial positions, and the strategies they use in handling employees. New employees from Generation Z may force them to rethink their approaches as leaders.

A change in ethics

Many companies are not unfamiliar to lawsuits, scandals, and controversies involving their code of ethics. What those businesses had in common was an outdated work culture where unethical practices were not necessarily treated or punished. Putting your employees first before figures is a great way of creating positive company culture. An ethical workforce is a group effort. No one person can instill this culture, as the entire company has to believe and embrace the same set of standards, and today, those standards are much higher.

The candidate experience

Today, certain skills are in much higher demand than they were in 2016. With a more competitive talent market for employers, ensuring candidates with the desired abilities have a smooth, friendly experience when interviewing is key. This is made easier partially due to advancements in technology as mentioned above, but aside from the process as a whole, fair, yet competitive salaries are another way to sway potential employees from taking another position outside of your company. Skills like those in technology related positions are harder and harder to come by. Letting employees that have such skills slip away due to minor details in the interview process would be unfortunate.

As the new year begins and businesses predict how the working world will change, one thing is certain: it will change. Adapting accordingly is crucial, especially within the human resources department in order to preserve your company’s positive reputation, and remain competitive.