Technology and the way we approach employee management will transform the HR industry in the coming years. Employees are already expecting to receive more from companies, and HR specialists are adapting their working methods and looking for the best solutions for employee selection and retention, and trying to improve the balance between work and personal life.
In Romania, 2019 will be marked by a period when employers and HR specialists will have to refine these directions, according to Integra HR recruitment and consulting company.
Teleworking – Remote Work
The ability to work remotely – for a few days a month or even longer – will continue to be a differentiating factor in choosing a job. Companies that adopt flexible working patterns will benefit, thus showing that they support their employees and help them strike a balance between their personal and professional lives.
”International studies and our customer experience confirm that remote employees are at least as effective as those who go to the office daily, as long as there is a well-defined work environment within the company, with team meetings and properly managed communication. Employees can deliver very good results if they retain the psychological comfort they wanted from the moment they accepted the job offer,” says Andreea Muresan, managing partner of Integra HR.
Digitizing HR procedures
The way companies will integrate technology into human resource departments will be another differentiating factor that will provide significant time and financial savings. The digitization of HR procedures will thus be an important trend that will be imposed in Romania next year, according to Integra HR.
The company recently launched IntegraHR Shop, the first online store in Romania with professional HR procedures available for immediate download. By the end of the year, approximately 100 digital human resources documents will be available in the shop.
Middle management job in a company vs. being an entrepreneur
Positions in the middle management area in large companies will be more and more difficult to fill.
”We have noticed, this year, that a significant number of specialists who could successfully run middle management roles choose the entrepreneurship path. It is a change in Romanians’ mentality, who are becoming more aware of their professional qualities and manage to overcome the fear of a possible failure associated with starting out on their own,” continues Muresan.
In the HR industry, this trend will generate an increase in candidate profiling made by human resource specialists who provide consulting services for the creation of performing teams.
More efficient recruitment in production
Another challenge in the labor market is finding workers in production, for which SMEs need to identify faster and more cost-effective recruitment methods. For SME managers and owners, IntegraHR Shop provides procedures for identifying, integrating and retaining dedicated staff and binding HR documents that can be quickly downloaded, and helps employers avoid certain fines.
These documents are already being used by Integra HR’s customers and can be purchased from the online store at prices ranging from RON 100 to 1,000.
”Regardless of these solutions, the decongestion of the situation could be made easier if authorities would stipulate the obligation of accepting a job by the unemployed,” explains the managing partner of Integra HR.
Hiring based on attitudes and behaviors
Where possible, recruitment specialists will engage on criteria related to the attitudes, values and behavior of candidates, not just qualifications.
Interviews based on professional competencies will still be the most common in most organizations, but more and more recruiters will assess candidates according to attitudes or personal values, considering that the technical skills needed for the job can be assimilated later on.