Transformations in society, government, culture, technology and communications have rapidly changed the way HR works. It can be nearly impossible to keep up to date with the latest trends, and even harder to identify the potential problems that accompany these changes. HR professionals have their work cut out for them. As we enter the new year, below are three big challenges HR departments will face in 2019, and a few tips on how to address them.
Addressing employee drug use
Opioid addiction has been dominating the news headlines for some time. Several states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Missouri voters also approved a measure in 2018 to legalize medical marijuana. It should go without saying that addressing drug use and drug testing will be a top issue for employers who need to ensure a safe, productive and efficient workplace moving into 2019.
Employers should develop, implement and enforce drug-free workplace policies prohibiting the use of unlawful drugs during working hours to address these challenges. Prohibiting the misuse of prescription drugs that are otherwise lawful is another viable option for employers.
Preventing security breaches
Cyber security will continue to be a top issue for employers in 2019, as technology continues to rapidly evolve, and more information moves to cloud-based systems. Data encryption, two-step or biometric authentication methods (IE, fingerprint) and the use of firewalls are essential for protecting sensitive information. Employers also need to ensure vendors, partners and providers are taking similar security measures.
Offering the right employee benefits
A tight labor market and younger workforce has made comprehensive benefit packages integral for recruiting and retaining top talent. This trend will continue into 2019, and it will be a challenge to administer as employers must remain compliant with a myriad of laws, such as COBRA, ERISA and HIPAA.
HR professionals need to be proactive in their approach. By measuring benefits offerings against competitors and assessing what the marketplace is doing, employers can ensure a competitive level of benefits. In addition, identifying benefits with low employee participation levels and redesigning or eliminating them is a great way to improve company morale and help attract talent.
Bukaty Companies provides comprehensive consulting services that address a wide array of HR needs. Services are available to any client through the HR Concierge Desk. If you have any HR-related questions, please contact Bukaty Companies at 913-345-0440 and ask for Randy Woehl, MPA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, director of HR consulting services.