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Three key HR focus areas in 2018

HR teams should focus on three key areas during 2018, according to global HR think-tank Reventure.

Lead researcher Dr Lindsay McMillan points out 74 per cent of employees believe workplace wellbeing programs – covering everything from flexible hours to fitness programs – are worth investing in, and 25 per cent would sacrifice company perks for better wellbeing at work.

Technology is the second key trend, and McMillan says the prevalence of artificial intelligence and automated systems to streamline processes will continue to rise, and more employers will be organising change management activities, such as workshops and feedback exercises, to aid their workplace implementation.

Finally, McMillan urges HR professionals to heed employees' need for purpose and meaning in their work. Some 77 per cent of Millennials desire work that meets these criteria, and 44 per cent of employees more broadly say a sense of meaning in their work is important to their wellbeing.