Welcome to our summary of October best reads on HR trends!
This month, hot topics included women in the workplace, shortened workweeks, and career pathing.
HR Trends for October 2021
Women continue to experience bias and higher rates of burnout
- Societal biases continue to hamper women’s progress in the workplace, but leadership can help by standardizing criteria for success and making them transparent.
- While women are huge contributors to their workplaces, their accomplishments tend to be recognized less than those of their male counterparts.
- The financial services industry, in particular, continues to have fewer opportunities for women to advance or be recognized.
- Without flexibility and support at a time when they are feeling pulled between priorities of work and home, women are quitting at a faster pace than men.
While Iceland started the short workweek experiment, other countries are testing it out
- As the Iceland study showed, fewer days or hours on the job can increase productivity.
- In the UK, the program works, as long as those working remotely don’t succumb to always being available…
- …which seems to be a problem as the pandemic is making it more difficult to stay offline.
- But if you’re ready to give the shortened workweek a try, this New Zealand organization is helping companies in the U.S. figure it out.
Career pathing is one way to help retain and attract talent during the Great Resignation
- When employees feel there are no opportunities for them within the organization, they leave. When they have a clear path forward, there’s a greater chance that they’ll stay.
- Training and mentorship are integral to a culture of mobility and can help employees feel invested in the organization.
- Don’t forget to create a path for growth for deskless workers, as retaining this segment of the workforce is particularly challenging right now.
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Robyn Kern is a seasoned business writer who has written in the HR, education, technology, and nonprofit spaces. She writes about topics including outplacement, layoffs, career development, internal mobility, candidate experience, succession planning, talent acquisition, and more, with the goal of surfacing workforce trends and educating the HR community on these key topics. Her work has been featured on hrforhr.org and trainingindustry.com.