The human resources industry has a serious problem right now.
The past year has seen mass layoffs, followed by staff shortages, hiring booms and an uptick in employee resignations. With all the instability and turbulence, human resource professionals are seeing exactly how tough their jobs can get.
These jobs are also spiking, representing the perfect storm of back-to-work demand and stress-driven resignations. In June, Indeed put out a report on COVID-19’s effect on human resources jobs. From February 2020 – a month before the pandemic shuttered the United States – to June 2021, human resources job postings on the platform have gone up 46.9 percent. In comparison, the average for all sectors is 28.6 percent.
In terms of sectors, human resources fell behind production and manufacturing (76.7 percent), loading and stocking (76.6 percent), and construction (58.4 percent) as the sectors with increased job postings.
There are many factors pointing toward this human resources trend. Experts cite COVID-prompted layoffs and the amount of human resources positions eliminated as a result, as well as a competitive market and policy changes for when employees go back to work.
There is also a big trend happening on the worker side – employees are recognizing their worth and seeking opportunities that compensate them appropriately. This mindset is part of what’s fueling the Great Resignation currently happening. And increased resignations mean a higher volume of employee exit protocols HR must adhere to, as well more jobs for an already-spread-thin human resources department.
The truth is human resources are lagging far behind, but it doesn’t have to.