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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Current HR trends and the impact to the employee

By B.J. Snelling
National Talent Acquisition Manager
Denver, CO

As a Talent Acquisition manager at McGladrey, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend this year’s annual HR Technology conference which was held in Las Vegas. It was a chance to see trends in the human resources space from other companies and from HR software providers. As I thought about my key-take-away items and what I could share, there were a few common themes that stood out. In an age where employees are a company’s most valued asset, there needs to be a commitment to making the most of engaging the employee and providing value to help develop them in their career. Even if their career isn’t at just one firm, the focus needs to be on an enriched employee experience – from the time the individual enters the arena as a candidate through their career life-cycle at the firm.  

There has been a culture shift amongst progressive companies, like McGladrey, from ‘what can I get out of the employee’, to ‘what can the employee get out of the firm’. When this is embraced at all levels in the company, the employee is able to achieve growth and excellence, which in turn makes for positive benefits all around for the firm when serving the needs of their clients and reaching their own goals. 

HR Software is evolving to encompass all phases and needs of the full employee experience, including on-boarding with a firm, goal setting and performance feedback, training and career development options, and even social components of the employee within the firm – such as learning about volunteer opportunities, office happenings, and other relevant social activities to nourish their personal development.

I came away from Vegas feeling energized and excited - excited to be an employee at a firm that strives to develop me as an individual contributor, but also to know that those we are working to recruit to join McGladrey will benefit from all the positive benefits of these trends along with me!


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