WELLESLEY, Mass., Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Predictive Index, a company that empowers businesses to realize what drives workplace behaviors, released their hiring predictions for 2016 today.
Mike Zani, CEO of The Predictive Index, feels that companies will need to supplement traditional thinking when it comes to selecting qualified candidates – including using assessments as part of the vetting process. Zani states, “In order to increase efficiency and find qualified people, we will see the use of behavior, personality, cognitive ability, and skills assessments used earlier and earlier in the hiring process to ensure only the best-fitting candidates are moved through the hiring process.”
Most companies are facing the seemingly omnipresent obstacles like the war for talent, change management, employee retention, and the changing workplace (which includes continuing to adapt to the changing needs of the millennial workforce). Facing these challenges head on can provide great opportunities for companies to automate, modernize, and lead in 2016.
The top workplace trends for 2016 identified by The Predictive Index:
- People Will Use Technology to “Shop” for Their Ideal Employer
Employers are seeing the war for talent fought on a national and even global scale. This is due to ubiquitous information access and the fact that the best candidates are more mobile than they had been prior. Organizations now find themselves competing beyond their local market. Additionally, sites like Glassdoor (which provides transparency about what it’s like to work at a company) further shifts power from the employer to the well-informed job seeker. Employees can “shop” for their ideal job and company much easier than ever.
- More Personal Connections between Employees and Employers Will be a “Must Have”
Millennials, according to various estimates, will make up a majority of the workforce after 2020. As this majority grows, workers have indicated a desire to feel like they’re working for a company they can relate to on a deeper, more meaningful level. Companies that encourage a fluid, entrepreneurial approach to work and get in involved in causes on a local and global level will be successful in attracting top talent. Social media will continue to grow as a force that drives employer branding, advocacy, and the perception of potential candidates.
- Video will Change the Hiring Game
There will continue to be an increase of hiring tools and software packages that allow employers to easily administer video interviews. With the fluctuation in cost of video hardware and software, more and more companies will be leveraging video to qualify candidates earlier in the hiring process. A growing trend in 2016 will include candidates recording video responses to a few canned questions using their laptop or tablet and uploading them to the potential employer. This makes it easier for an employer to find quality candidates in a scalable way that doesn’t break the bank for the candidate.
About The Predictive Index
Serving more than 8,000 clients across 142 countries and delivering solutions in 70 languages, The Predictive Index is a simple methodology that allows businesses to understand what drives their people so they can take them where they want to go. Through a unique blend of scientific assessments, groundbreaking software, top-notch management training, and professional consulting from the world’s best workplace behavior experts, The Predictive Index can help you overcome the most complex business challenges. Scientific validation and a 60-year proven track record has shown that business challenges big and small are no match for our unique approach to client education and knowledge transfer, which ensures swift adoption, direct ROI, and high impact on performance metrics. Each year, 2.5 million PI assessments are administered and over 7,000 professionals are trained in our workshops. Visit www.predictiveindex.com to learn how to select, hire, and onboard the best-fitting talent, increase employee engagement, develop teams, discover high potential employees, and overcome sales slumps.