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Lessons for talent experts to take into the new year

Lessons for talent experts to take into the new year

21 November 2017
Kelly Newsletter


After a prolonged period of stress and excessive pressure in the office, the festive season is finally upon us.

However, as you rush into the holidays to recharge, it is important that you do not forget to plan for the future. Before you exit 2016, have you considered the professional challenges that you will be facing in the next year? Have you thought about the future trends of talent retention and acquisition?

In this issue, I will be exploring some workplace and recruitment trends that you can anticipate for the upcoming year. I will also offer some tips and suggestions on how you can recharge during the holidays.

Here is to a happy and healthy festive season with loved ones. When travelling, do so safely, and consider other drivers on the road. Exercise caution and be security savvy. Happy New Year and till we meet again in 2017.


Kay Vittee



As most professionals gear up to conclude the year with hopes of returning back to the office refuelled, now is also the time to prepare for inevitable change and challenges that come with entering a new year.

Probably the most significant things to consider when recruiting staff in 2017 will be the fact that it is the second year Generation Z employees will be entering the workplace. These are individuals who were born between 1994 and 2010, however what is particularly important is that these junior employees have a different set of values and beliefs compared to their millennial, Generation X and baby boomer predecessors.

Having grown up during the global financial crisis, this tech savvy generation were born into a connected virtual world and do not know a world without the internet.

While 2017 continues to see Generation Z mix in with their older counterparts, the question remains: do recruiters know how to handle them or are we still learning about how they fit in the workforce?

Another hot topic of 2017 is the increasingly fast pace evolution of businesses utilising social media as a central aspect of their talent acquisition. We have seen this trend develop over the past few years as organisations have had to refurbish their social media pages to attract discerning digital natives in a very competitive market.

To keep your mind working this festive season and to not lose track of industry happenings, be sure to keep your eye on these trends and identify how your organisation has – or can – incorporate them.

To come back ready for other year of challenges and successes, here are a few additional trends to consider for 2017:

  • Talent acquisition will be afforded more priority, organisations are recognising the importance of acquiring quality talent. This will result in departments defining the future of their companies with their right talent in mind.
  • Hiring will go beyond acquiring quality candidates only, the recruiter will be required to ensure that new hires stay with the company for longer and maintain consistent communication with candidates and prospective employees.  
  • Traditional staffing tactics will remain, according to the LinkedIn Global Recruiting Trends for 2017, 70% of recruitment budgets are spent on job boards, recruiting tools, and staffing agencies, although employer branding still needs to take the number one spot when coming to the recruitment budget*.
  • Employer branding will be one of the greatest differentiators in the market, employer branding has a major influence when it comes to attracting and hiring talent. Companies that refer to career growth, company culture and challenges in the employer branding stand a good chance of attracting top talent.
  • Machine learning will become more prominent in recruitment, automation is the future trend in the recruitment of staff. In the hiring process, automation can be applied in screening and other aspects of hiring in order to eliminate human bias and time limitations.

To refuel your tanks this season and come back strong and energised, take some time out from cooking and entertaining and consider:

  • Meditation, spend five minutes to breathe in and out, and allow your mind to drift off. Regular meditation will alleviate your stress, you can even take this habit with you to the workplace.
  • Commit to an act of kindness, studies show that doing something nice for a stranger can boost your mental health, you can donate shoes or food to an organisation in your community.
  • Indulge in the outdoors, on a nice day that is not too hot, take a walk.
  • Have fun with family, play scrabble with the kids, take your dog out for a walk in the morning.