The Top Articles and Reports for Talent Predictions in 2017

Every new year, the talent industry’s leading minds and organizations release a flurry of articles and reports on the trends they’re observing, and their predictions for the coming year. So you don’t have to go digging through Google or your social media groups to find them, we’ve assembled what we think are some of the best in one spot.

Bersin by Deloitte’s Predictions for 2017: Everything Is Becoming Digital

Every year for the past decade, Bersin by Deloitte has published its predictions for the year ahead. This year’s big theme is that everything is becoming more digital, and it’s changing our jobs and the way we work. “90 percent of companies believe their core business is threatened by new digital competitors that are challenging their products and services,” the report says, “but 70 percent believe that they do not have the right leadership, skills, or operating models to adapt.”

The report explores the resulting shifts in organizational design, the growing integration of culture, engagement, analytics, and employee experience, the role of digital leadership and HR technology, and much more.

Get the digest: Everything Is Becoming Digital: Business and HR Predictions for 2017

LinkedIn’s Global Recruiting Trends 2017

Back in October, LinkedIn released its Global Recruiting Trends 2017 report, based on a survey of around 4,000 corporate talent acquisition leaders across 35 countries. It digs into topics like recruiting leaders’ perceptions on what’s important, and where they’ll be focusing their time (and budget) in 2017. The report found that diversity, screening automation, and data are key future trends.

Get the digest: New Report Reveals the Trends That Will Define Recruiting in 2017

Recruiting Daily’s 7 for 2017: The Top Recruiting and HR Trends Every Talent Pro Needs To Know

Recruiting Daily’s colorful post, penned by Executive Editor Matt Charney, notes the “glacial” rate of change in HR tech, and predicts more of the same in 2017. He foresees employers placing greater emphasis on smart hiring – like beefed up employee referral programs and internal hiring programs that help companies retain the talent they already have. Like many others, Matt observes the rise of AI in recruiting, but agrees that it poses little existential threat to HR and recruiting professionals.

CareerBuilder’s 9 Talent-Acquisition Trends To Watch For In 2017

CareerBuilder’s Q4 2016 survey talked to HR teams across the U.S. to get a pulse on trends around talent, technology, and process. In a post published in ERE, CareerBuilder Chief Human Resources Officer Rosemary Haefner and CTO Eric Presley shared their biggest findings, including how machine learning will help recruiters talk to candidates, opportunities for recruiters to partner with marketing, and the growing importance of hiring manager experience.

Dan Schawbel’s 10 Workplace Trends You’ll See In 2017

Dan Schawbel is a partner and research director at the executive development firm, Future Workplace. He’s shared his top workplace trend predictions – based on hundreds of conversations with human resource executives and workers, national and global online surveys and secondary research sources, including think tanks, consulting companies, non-profits, the government and trade associations – since 2013.

His predictions run the gamut from how companies will boost candidate experience, to the rise of the blended workforce, the evolution of the performance review, the new role of augmented reality in recruiting and training, and much more.

Glassdoor’s Looking Ahead: 5 Jobs Trends to Watch in 2017

Glassdoor’s Looking Ahead report synthesizes the five big labor market trends their experts saw unfolding during 2016 – like rising pay, and historically low unemployment – and five big changes in the job market they predict will reshape work and hiring in 2017 and beyond. 2017, they say, will be a time of both uncertainty and opportunity, as work becomes more automated and technology evolves faster than ever, while employees are also matched with jobs better than ever before.


2017 holds growth in familiar and unfamiliar fields alike. We’ll see continued advancements in things like candidate experience, employee engagement, and the rise of the remote workforce, while exploring how entirely new advancements in areas like AI and augmented reality can change the way we work. As Josh Bersin observes, the unifying theme behind every change on the horizon is technology. But, he says, the future of work isn’t a scary story about robots replacing humans. “Rather it’s a story about how we make jobs ‘more human’ and take advantage of the ‘essential human skills’ we need in business.” Will tech free us up to work on more fundamentally human work? We hope so, and we can’t wait to see.

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