Workplace Trends for 2016 Issued by The Predictive Index


Top trends that will change the hiring game include the war for talent, attracting millennials, and video.

Wellesley, MA December 8, 2015 The Predictive Index, a company that empowers businesses to realize what drives workplace behaviors, released their hiring predictions for 2016 today.

Mike Zani, CEO of The Predictive Index, feels that companies will need to supplement traditional thinking when it comes to selecting qualified candidates – including using assessments as part of the vetting process.  Zani states, “In order to increase efficiency and find qualified people, we will see the use of behavior, personality, cognitive ability, and skills assessments used earlier and earlier in the hiring process to ensure only the best-fitting candidates are moved through the hiring process.”

Most companies are facing the seemingly omnipresent obstacles like the war for talent, change management, employee retention, and the changing workplace (which includes continuing to adapt to the changing needs of the millennial workforce). Facing these challenges head on can provide great opportunities for companies to automate, modernize, and lead in 2016.

The top workplace trends for 2016 identified by The Predictive Index:

  1. People Will Use Technology to “Shop” for Their Ideal Employer
    Employers are seeing the war for talent fought on a national and even global scale. This is due to ubiquitous information access and the fact that the best candidates are more mobile than they had been prior. Organizations now find themselves competing beyond their local market. Additionally, sites like Glassdoor (which provides transparency about what it’s like to work at a company) further shifts power from the employer to the well-informed job seeker. Employees can “shop” for their ideal job and company much easier than ever. 
  1. More Personal Connections between Employees and Employers Will be a “Must Have”
    Millennials, according to various estimates, will make up a majority of the workforce after 2020. As this majority grows, workers have indicated a desire to feel like they’re working for a company they can relate to on a deeper, more meaningful level.  Companies that encourage a fluid, entrepreneurial approach to work and get in involved in causes on a local and global level will be successful in attracting top talent. Social media will continue to grow as a force that drives employer branding, advocacy, and the perception of potential candidates.
  1. Video will Change the Hiring Game
    There will continue to be an increase of hiring tools and software packages that allow employers to easily administer video interviews. With the fluctuation in cost of video hardware and software, more and more companies will be leveraging video to qualify candidates earlier in the hiring process. A growing trend in 2016 will include candidates recording video responses to a few canned questions using their laptop or tablet and uploading them to the potential employer. This makes it easier for an employer to find quality candidates in a scalable way that doesn’t break the bank for the candidate.