American, Mexican, and European Human Resources trends in 2019 are in some ways exclusively bound to the cultures in which they came from. However, after revising the world of human resources further in each country/continental context, is clear that globalization has allowed for the incoming of many shared HR trends on an international scale.

Emotional and Flexible Millennials

            Nowadays, businesses are adapting more and more to a millennial attitude, as the presence of millennials in the current workforce is both overwhelming and unavoidable. This often entails that they maintain a stronger emotional focus on their employees, and make them feel belonging, valued, purposed, and encouraged in the workplace. In the United States, more companies are attempting to recognize mental health on the same level as physical health. HR experts participating in the European Oracle conference note the increasing recent efforts to ensure a sense of belonging for personnel, specifically by promoting gender and racial diversity. Mexican workplaces are implementing more recognition and feedback programs for top performing employees, trying harder to reject sexual harassment, and providing competitive benefits that go beyond the legal minimum.

            Another millennial trait has to do with the craving for flexibility, which contrasts traditional workplace boss-employee hierarchies, and rigid work times and locations. It is no longer enough for a boss to gain credibility just from their title, as workers now prefer a more collaborative, network-based work environment. In the US, employees noted the desire to feel comfortable with and inspired by their bosses, and in Mexican workplaces the implementation of government-funded intern talent programs are in place to encourage this millennial culture to help with company innovation. European labor culture is slowly starting to encourage fresh thoughts and more employee creativity, as many repetitive tasks done in the past by people are now automated by machines. In all of these cultural contexts, it is becoming easier and more common for employees to work at times and in remote locations more convenient to them.

Technology

            Another common international theme in human resources is that innovations in technology have allowed for HR improvements via the availability of better data, social media networking, and talent-search resources. In the United States and Europe, experts point to higher quality talent attraction due to the wide variety of online outlets available to search and evaluate potential employees. This is also true in Mexico, but on a smaller scale, as less employees have knowledge of websites like LinkedIn, or easy and consistent access to the internet. Nevertheless, the vast amount of information available on the internet still makes talent searches easier than they were years before.

It is important to remember that Human Resource culture must stay attentive to temporal changes that affect the attitude and availability of information regarding each new employee generation. By being adaptable to change, HR divisions will be able to better understand and accommodate their employees into their workforce, and therefore have a better chance at retaining them and increasing productivity.  

Madeleine Brenner  
International Business Development