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Top HR Trends in 2009

By Kathi Crawford, SPHR, IAC-CC

Today I spoke at the Houston Non-Profit HR Leaders Forum about the most significant human resources trends for 2009. In my research I found more than ten HR trends! So, I’ve done the work for you and selected what I believe are the trends that are most significant. 

No doubt about it, it’s going to be a challenging year. Why do I say that? Well, it’s not a secret, is it? The only constant in business today is change. Non-profit leaders are faced with an increasingly competitive environment coupled with a growing need for services. Given the downturn in the economy, many are worried that there will be a drop in funding as companies and individuals scale back on charitable giving. There is escalating pressure to do more with less: to maximize resources, lower costs and meet the needs of a diverse stakeholder group. In this environment, whether you’re a non-profit or a for-profit organization, it’s essential to have a sound strategy to survive and prosper.

ACTION: Identify the ONE idea or application you can use to leverage your organization’s human capital programs this year that you believe will have the greatest impact. A participant in the group today suggested that this list could be used to open a dialogue with your leadership team and to build the business case for implementing your ONE idea or application.

If you implement your ONE idea or application, you can win $1,000. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has announced it will grant an Economic Stimulus Prize to each of ten SHRM members who send them the best examples of programs or strategies they and their HR departments are implementing in response to the current economic conditions. CLICK HERE for details.

Drum roll please …. here are the TOP TEN HR TRENDS FOR 2009:

(If you would like to read more about each trend, CLICK HERE)

1. Smart HR pros will help their organizations weather the economic storm. HR will add tremendous value to the organization, but not in the areas they desire. For some, this will be their last year in HR!

2. It’s a buyer’s market – hire key talent now: tap into encore workers who are choosing to work for non-profits. Hire Gen Y college graduates and energize your team.

3. Join the HR 2.0 community: Don’t be left out!

4. Invest in training and development. Create a retention strategy through retraining workers.

5. Employers are taking steps to trim health care costs. What can you do?

6. It pays to invest in employees’ health! Large U.S. employers increase wellness incentives by 9% from 2007 to 2008.

7. Hey, Who Stole my 401k Match? Is your decision to suspend the match a strategic one?

8. Flextime and job sharing: Where is it headed, and what are the pros and cons?

9. The new President and Congress: The four soon-to-be laws that you MUST get up to speed on and laws that may be reconsidered in 2009.

10. Now is the time to coach and develop your leaders: It is easy in hard times to lose sight of long term goals!

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