Here’s what we already know – and won’t soon forget – about the past year: 2013 was a year defined by wrecking balls, Royal babies, Kardashian babies, Kardashian breakups, Beiber monkey drama, doping scandals and selfies.
Fortunately, none (or very few) of those things happened in the workforce. Let’s see what 2013 brought in the world of workforce management, talent acquisition and employee engagement this year.
13 Workplace Trends We Saw in 2013
- Returnships became a thing.Goldman Sachs may have started the trend, but returnships, or return-to-work programs, became a popular way to help companies meet their talent needs by bringing in older professionals who have been out of the workforce for an extended period of time.
- Job vacancies plagued U.S. employers. In a CareerBuilder survey released in March, 38 percent of U.S. companies reported negative implications due to extended job vacancies at their companies – including less effective business performance, lower quality work, lower morale and higher employee turnover.
- The skills gap reached global proportions. A report released during Q1 shows that the U.S. isn’t the only country feeling the pains of a skills gap. As this infographic shows, employers in the 10 largest countries are struggling to find skilled talent – resulting in revenue and productivity losses.
- Big data got bigger. In a July CareerBuilder survey, employers nationwide said they were focusing their forthcoming hiring and recruiting efforts on roles involving newer technologies, big data, social media and financial services.
- Temporary job growth left other industries in the dust. Since 2009, the U.S. has added over 5.7 million jobs, but a July survey from EMSI, 15 percent of those jobs were in the temporary help services industry, making it the fastest-growing industry since the recession.
- Workers struggled a little less to make ends meet. According to a September CareerBuilder survey, the number of workers who said they need were “always or usually” living paycheck to paycheck hit a recession-era low.
- Mobile became more important – for job seekers, at least. Results from CareerBuilder’s 2013 Candidate Behavior Study reveal that job seekers actually think less of a company that doesn’t have a mobile-optimized website. Despite the growth in mobile job searches, employers are still slow to create a mobile recruiting strategy.
- Military hiring came front and center. With more military veterans re-entering the workforce, employers put renewed energy into hiring veterans. In a November CareerBuilder survey, 80 percent of employers said they promote the fact that their company hires military veterans, and several companies, such as Staffmark and Disney, created programs focused on hiring military veterans and their spouses.
- Retirees refused to quit. In a survey released by CareerBuilder in February, 60 percent of workers ages 60 and older said they planned to look for a new job after retiring from their current companies – an increase from 57 percent who said the same last year. Though financial strains were reason for some of the delays, many said they simply enjoyed their jobs and wanted to keep working.
- Workers’ education requirements got more rigid. Earlier this spring, a CareerBuilder survey found that employers are becoming more demanding when it comes to specific qualifications for jobs. Nearly 1 in 5 employers (18 percent) said they’ve increased their educational requirements for jobs over the last five years – particularly among manufacturing and information technology firms.
- Social recruiting got a little more creative. Social media may offer a way for companies to use social media to research job candidates, but many are using social media to attract top talent as well – from gamification to recruitment Vine videos, to asking candidates for 140-character résumés.
- Women gained on men as sole breadwinners. Just in time for Mother’s Day, a CareerBuilder survey found that just over a third – 34 percent – of working moms are the sole financial provider for their households, closing in on the 39 percent of working dads who said they carry this responsibility.
- Job seekers revealed what they want most (and it’s not salary). In a late summer survey of more than 800,000 job seekers nationwide, a recent survey of 868,697 job seekers nationwide, 45 percent of participants said location was one of the top three factors influencing their decision to apply for a job – more than twice the amount of job seekers who said the same of salary. Company reputation and interesting assignments also took precedence over salary.