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December 28, 2012

HR Fact Friday: Top 5 HR Predictions for 2013

Filed under: General HR Buzz6:00 am

As my final HR Fact Friday post of 2012 I am putting on my soothsayer hat to predict the top 5 HR news items of 2013.

  1. Fiscal cliff worries will be averted and the stock market stabilized by a  last minute agreement to ‘do nothing and delay a real decision’.  Bush era tax cuts will remain in effect for 1 additional year for all employees making less than $10 bazillion. Democrats and Republicans will parry back and forth between “look what we did!” and, “so what, it would have been better if our guy was elected.
  2. The unemployment rate will improve modestly to a national average of around 7.2%. Democrats and Republicans will parry back and forth between “look what we did!” and, “so what, it would have been better if our guy was elected.”
  3. Salary merit increases will average a modest 2.8%. A bit lower than the 3.0% projection. Democrats and Republicans will parry back and forth between “look what we did!” and, “so what, it would have been better if our guy was elected.”
  4.  When there is no more “big data” to integrate and all HR and business systems are connected, somebody will actually say, “Huh, cloud and social media technology is cool but what about the content?” Many others will pick up the mantra and there will be a much deeper scrutiny on the actual tools and what business objectives they accomplish. Democrats and Republicans will parry back and forth between “look what we did!” and, “so what, it would have been better if our guy was elected.”
  5.  A new concept in organizational achievement and employee engagement will experience a cautious but consistent resurgence in 2013. It is called, conversation. Baby boomers may recall this practice. It was very popular and wildly successful prior to Y2K. One-on-one voice communication will be the new trend and gain in popularity relegating ‘smart’ communication devices as handy, but unfulfilling. Democrats and Republicans will parry back and forth between “look what we did!” and, “so what, it would have been better if our guy was elected.

From all of us at HRN, and no matter what 2013 holds in store, we wish you much success in the new year.  One sure bet prediction you can count on in 2013 from HRN is timely and well researched HR news and legal update content, exciting new product upgrades and launches, continuing excellence in client services and customer support, and advice and direction from some of the best HR consultants in the marketplace.

Thank you for a great 2012 and we look forward to working with you in 2013!

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