HR trends – a summary

CV-19 has accelerated many trends, including (or especially!) those related to HR and recruitment. Companies that want to hire valuable candidates – who don’t quit after three months – have to make sure they keep up with the newest trends. What’s even more important: they need to implement new strategies in the right way.

Trends introduced too fast and/or by the wrong department will backfire by e.g. generating additional costs, negative employer branding, losing valuable candidates, longer recruitment processes, low(er) candidate experience, etc.

To help companies avoid these mistakes, we put together a list of the most important trends and threats in an employee’s life cycle. Wherever possible, we tried to find relatively simple quick wins – everything backed by stats and real cases.

Here are the five phases of an employee’s life cycle:

5 phases of an employee’s life cycle

Phase #1: Attracting Candidates

This person is not your employee and has not yet applied for the job. They might not even know you exist, but this is only a matter of time. Read the article to see if your employer branding strategy is working, and learn how to attract candidates through LinkedIn, mobile devices & chatbots.

Phase #2: Recruiting Candidates

You have managed to pull the candidates in. And now what? Learn how to deal with ghosting and “plug & play” candidates, read about the pros & cons of HR analytics, ATS, recorded job interviews… and more!

Phase #3: Onboarding

Congratulations! You have successfully recruited your perfect candidate. Make sure they stay with you for a long time, thanks to proper virtual onboarding.

Phase #4: Managing Employees

There are many different types of management and it’s up to the company to find out what works best for them. Some management-related problems, however, are quite common everywhere – especially during COVID-19 times. Read the article to learn (among others) about how to manage your team remotely and what possible threats of remote work are.

Phase #5: Separating

The time has come for you and your employee to part ways. Letting go of an employee seems fairly simple, so what could go wrong? As it turns out: a lot. (Virtual) offboarding influences your brand, so you need to make sure you’re doing it right.

HR threats – what are the solutions?

All these new trends and threats may seem intimidating at first, but don’t worry – implementing quick wins and solutions is already a huge step. Being aware of potential difficulties gives you better insight into the internal processes of your organization. It allows you to analyze your current strategy to achieve even better results!

If you’d prefer to get help navigating through the newest HR trends, we’ll be more than happy to assist you. If you’d like to discuss how Career Angels could support your company, send an email to