February 01, 2016

What’s Trending in the Workforce – Q1 of 2016

At DCR TrendLine, our researchers and analysts are always keeping an eye on what’s trending in anything to do with non-employee worker supply and demand. This month, we’re presenting our quarterly view of pivotal trends in key talent sectors of the staffing industry and talent management.


What is job piling. It’s a term defined by the HR Trend Institute as a situation in which a person has more than one job or occupation. Sometimes, this occurs due to necessity in order to increase earnings. Other times, it’s done with a worker has multiple skill sets in different areas that they want to put to use. Often, job piling can happen in the same organization, with one worker performing completely different tasks for different parts of the firm.


At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January in Las Vegas, virtual reality (VR) was what everyone was talking about. With recent releases of low-end VR devices, such as the Google Cardboard or the Samsung Gear VR, and the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Oculus Rift, it’s no wonder that virtual reality is on top of everyone’s mind, even employers. Early adopters in HR are already planning on using VR units to revolutionize talent management and recruiting practices. VR units could potentially be used to give job candidates a virtual office tour and meet potential coworkers. And for organizations with dispersed teams, virtual reality can help remote workers feel engaged and part of a unified team by conducting conferences, meetings, presentations, team building activities, and brainstorming sessions in the virtual world.

Stay tuned for an article further discussing this hot trend in the March 2016 edition of DCR TrendLine.


Korn Ferry’s Futurestep division recently anticipated that investment hiring would be a top trend in recruitment and talent management in the year ahead. Investment hiring is defined as when employers look beyond the skills and background workers offer to focus on hiring people with motivations and traits that indicate that they would be good to train on-the-job. When planning on investment hiring, employers focus less on simply hiring college graduates exclusively, and instead evaluate workers on their potential to perform in the future. A trend towards investment hiring means that employers can help overcome the skills shortage by focusing on training candidates.