Deloitte called 2017 the year of the ‘Organisation of the Future’. 2018 will set the wheels in motion in moulding these organisations, and human resources will be the facilitator.

Trends that have been in the peripheral vision of business owners for the past 5 years are expected to come into the foreground next year. These trends especially include cloud technology, which will allow for a number of changes in HR, including remote working and improved collection and accessibility of data.

Other changes in the HR sector include a movement towards invisible applications – otherwise known as blind hiring – and a focus on attracting passive candidates to the hiring process.

1. Passive candidates

Forbes ranks the emphasis on passive candidates as the number 1 trend in HR for 2018. This is be-cause the digital world, which has produced tools such as social media, allows companies to ac-cess talent pools that were previously untapped.

Quality candidates, that in the past would have shied away from entering application processes, are now reachable through websites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

2. Cloud technology

Cutting-edge technology, such as the cloud, has created opportunities for businesses across a variety of areas. Benefits include increased flexibility, consistency across multiple business locations, secure data storage and improved data collection capacities.

For more info, see our article on the benefits of cloud technology.

3. Remote employees

As mentioned above, cloud technology allows for flexibility in the workplace. Through the cloud, employees will be able to access company databases remotely, and submit work from any location.

Gallup reports that the number of US workers that have at least partially telecommuted is at 37%. This figure will only rise as cloud technology becomes more commonplace, and employers become more open minded as to who they hire and where new applicants are located.

4. Invisible applications / Blind hiring

There is a trend to minimise the prospect of discriminatory hiring through invisible applications, otherwise known as blind hiring. This involves the removal of specific data from resumes and / or applications that may reveal the applicant’s race, gender, age and financial status.

The anonymity of candidates occurs through specialised recruiting software that focuses on presenting employers with only the candidates’ skills, accomplishments and suitability for the job. This in turn creates diversity and less nepotism.


2018 is an exciting year for the workforce, and human resources are set to be the facilitator for new business trends. Technology remains at the forefront of these changes, and HR that takes ad-vantage of the latest innovations are likely to succeed well into the future.