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What Are The Biggest Workplace And Hiring Trends For 2023?

What Are The Biggest Workplace And Hiring Trends For 2023?

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As 2022 is ending, companies, candidates, and recruiters are defining their course of action for next year. The ever-evolving labor market has many surprises in store; good thing you’re still in time to prepare and adapt to the workplace and hiring trends for 2023. So dive deep into this article and get ready for what’s coming. 

What’s the job outlook for 2023? 

Despite the loud layoffs happening by the end of this year, the future of work for 2023 definitely looks promising. Even though many economists forecast a recession, the unemployment rate will remain low compared to other economic recessions in recent times. Although the Fed officials are projecting unemployment will climb as high as 5.5% next year. 

The common perception is that the labor market will maintain its stability and strength, despite the ups and downs. Even after the recent tech layoffs, hiring and increased wages remain strong, mainly because of the gains in employment led by the leisure and hospitality industries in the past couple of months. 

All these components have allowed professionals to shrug off the worries toward next year’s job outlook. Although there will be challenges to sort out for both employers and employees, the near future of work is encouraging for those looking for new opportunities. 

Hiring and workplace trends for 2023

Speaking about the labor market, 2021 and 2022 will be remembered for their many twists and turns. The great resignation and labor shortage are two of the last couple of years’ most influential workplace and hiring trends. Despite some companies and job-seekers still recovering from these, next year is around the corner, and it’s better to be prepared for any uncertainties. 

In the past weeks, Glassdoor and Indeed released their hiring and workplace trends report for 2023. Although some of these are already on the go among many companies, the data unveils the following are likely to reach their peak soon. Here are the 5 trends that will impact the workforce the most during 2023: 

The tight labor market prevails

The first major hiring trend for 2023 is the market tightness and leverage. Though this is no new finding, this prevailing scenario is of notice for employers preparing and adapting to candidates who will keep the upper hand when negotiating better salaries and work conditions. 

This hiring trend will have a positive impact on Gen Z. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies tend to hire nearly 15% more recent graduates than in previous years. So class of 2023, be prepared to enter the job market early. 

Salary transparency 

This a concept that has been around for many years, but according to Harvard Business Review, salary transparency will gain much more attention in the United States. Even though some states have defined transparency laws, a significant percentage of the workforce wants companies to move toward better clarity and communication concerning payment. This trend will impact both the hiring process and the workplace since it’s expecting managers to be up front about the pay for new roles and current employees.

Employee wellness

This workplace trend will be a game-changer in 2023. Since the pandemic hit, the workforce has made it clear that although payment is a crucial aspect for them, there are other elements related to the work-life balance that matter immensely. Companies betting on employee wellness have a clear advantage for retaining high performers or adding top talent to their teams. 

Flexible work schemes, childcare support, financial advice, and mental health care are some perks that tip the balance for many candidates. The atmosphere in the workplace is another element that contributes to employee happiness, so be sure to maintain a healthy culture and environment in the office. 

Company culture efforts

Another workplace trend that will triumph during 2023 is the importance of company culture as an employee-attracting and retaining element. The tight labor market has set this aspect center stage, especially when job-seekers focus on companies that can guarantee a peaceful state of mind. 

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are fundamental values for fostering a positive workplace culture. When looking for a new employer, most of the workforce focuses specifically on companies that esteem diversity and inclusion. This is a major hiring challenge since companies must look after and showcase their employer reputation. 

Laptop lifestyle

The last but not least important hiring and workplace trend for 2023 will be remote work. Most job-seekers will be on the lookout for this benefit, and they won’t hesitate to use their leverage to gain it. What started as a “temporary solution” to widespread remote working is becoming a permanent feature of the labor market. 

The laptop lifestyle is consistently gaining more interest from workers, especially from those who are reconsidering their current work-life balance. Even though some industries can afford to work remotely, employers and employees are mostly open to arranging flexible work schedules that allow companies to have a wider talent pool and keep workers fulfilled.

What about the recruitment trends for 2023? 

Not only the workplace and decision makers will be impacted by some of the future work trends. Although recruiting practices have become more efficient and specific, some 2023 trends, like the tight labor market and job-seekers’ proactiveness, will introduce some recruitment challenges for in-house and third-party recruiters. 

Most of these trends are set by the needs and demands of the workforce, therefore it is essential to be aware of any behavior or comments you receive from a candidates’ experience. If you want to be prepared for the new year, here are the top recruitment trends for 2023.

Faster and more simple job searching

Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, recruiters and talent acquisition departments have been forced to adopt a more efficient, streamlined, and proactive recruitment process. Indeed CEO Chris Hyams pointed out that the future of hiring should be simpler, faster, and more human. Aside from the sense of urgency companies should have when filling positions with high performers, candidates who are displaced and on the look for a new job are also rushed to be hired quicker. 

Proactive engagement

Thanks to social platforms such as LinkedIn, candidates and recruiters can interact more directly. This was a common practice when filling executive roles, but a recent LinkedIn survey unveiled that engaging passive candidates will be a game-changer trend for recruiters who want to fill lower roles and entry-level positions with top talent. By engaging through social media, talent acquisition professionals are also able to emphasize employer branding and find out more about the candidates’ values and experience.

Recruiters turning into industry leaders

gpac recruiters are defined by working as an extension of the companies they serve. They’re more than order-takers; they perform a strategic role as advisors, and they’re aware of their clients’ values and business goals. 

This approach is expected to be another significant recruitment trend for 2023. As some processes are getting automated, recruiting is becoming more about talent strategy than execution. To stay up to date with companies’ and candidates’ demands, recruiters must anticipate needs, solve problems, and spot opportunities. 

Despite the uncertainty and challenges, next year will present a favorable outlook for you to capitalize on your chances and fulfill your professional goals. Just make sure to be in the loop of these hiring and workplace trends for 2023.

Contributed by Luis Arellano

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