Kronos Incorporated’s The Workforce Institute has released its list of top trends in 2013 on issues impacting workforce management. The top predictions for the new year include:
• Big Data and analytics will present a challenge for organizations as they seek to distinguish what is important information from what is merely interesting. New technologies will arise to help realize value in Big Data and gain attention throughout the year.
• Mobile tech will continue to change how organizations interact with everyone from their employees, to customers, to the outside world. Increased adoption of emerging mobile technology will continue to evolve how companies manage their workforces.
• Compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will emerge as a big focus for companies in 2013. Organizations must determine the effects of the legislation on an individual level regarding costs, scheduling, and labor utilization.
• The age gap within the workforce will continue to rise as retirement-aged workers will forego retiring due to economic restraints, making attraction and retention efforts all the more challenging.
• In many industries, the current applicant pool may not provide the skills that employers are seeking. Public and private organizations will create partnerships in order to narrow the growing skills gap.
• With the effects of the 2008 recession slowly fading, the “war for talent” is expected to heat back up again as organizations perform better and malcontent employees begin to seek new opportunities elsewhere.