From the importance of work wellbeing to the impact of AI, these lessons from the past year can help shape your 2024 hiring and talent strategies.

Key takeaways:

  • Feeling good at work is a win-win for everyone. Satisfied employees lead to higher retention, profits, and even stock performance.
  • Business leaders should empower employees to feel like they’re beneficiaries of the AI revolution, not victims of it.
  • Work-life balance continues to be essential for employees, especially members of Gen Z. Leaders will need to be more transparent than ever before, starting with pay.
  • Erasing bias within AI — and ourselves — is an ongoing process. The responsible use of AI along with fairer hiring are critical to building inclusive teams.
  • Indeed predicts 2024 will be a year of reconciliation between what employees want and what employers are able to offer. 

As the year continues, we tapped some of our top experts at Indeed to share what talent leaders need to know to succeed in 2024. Here’s what they had to say on topics like work wellbeing, AI, and employee expectations. Then, take a deeper dive into five key topics by exploring our top stories from the past year.

Work wellbeing

Thriving employees lead to thriving businesses, not the other way around. Managers of the happiest teams are kind, empathetic, and not afraid to be vulnerable. 

“Essentially, only 26% of Canadians are thriving at work. It’s time to look inward. Companies need to focus on the resources they already have: time and employees. Investing in managers, helping people find their strengths at work, and upskilling are more important than conventional perks. Do your employees feel appreciated? Are they learning? Are they energized by the work they do? The sentiment of your workforce is the driver of wellbeing.”

— Janeane Tolomeo, Corporate Marketing Director at Indeed and co-creator of the Work Wellbeing Initiative and the Work Wellbeing Score

Dive deeper: the top “work wellbeing” insights from 2023

Be Well: Six Experts on How to Elevate Wellbeing

Apparently, nice guys finish first when it comes to the workplace. An Oxford study based on Indeed data found that companies with satisfied employees saw higher retention, profits, and even stock performance. We asked six experts on wellbeing to weigh in on how leaders can make work a better place. Some themes? Be kind, be optimistic, and do good for others. As one shared: “When I’m in front of a roomful of CEOs, I tell them that their No. 1 moral obligation is to be a healthy, cheerful person at work.”

Risk and Burnout Push Healthcare Professionals Out
Pandemic-era news about frontline healthcare workers raised public awareness about the physical risks that medical professionals take in their jobs every day. However, less attention tends to be paid to the non-fatal risks of working in healthcare, such as stress, anxiety, burnout, and substance abuse, though they still cause problems for employers. To retain top talent in healthcare, we break down what you need to do as an employer to address workplace challenges for your workers. 

AI and the Future of Work

AI and globalization of the workforce will continue to impact hiring. Leaders who invest in their teams by upskilling current talent and leveraging AI tools responsibly to recruit new talent will come out ahead.

“We know that, eventually, all jobs will be impacted by AI in some way. While it’s already proving to be a helpful partner in getting work done more efficiently, we also know it has vulnerabilities. AI is not a replacement for people. People will always be needed to manage the technology, problem-solve, make judgement calls, and oversee programs and progress. To stay competitive, companies can focus on upskilling their employees and emphasizing that they play an important role in the change.”

— Ryan Batty, Vice President of Employer Marketing at Indeed

Dive deeper: The top “future of work” insights of 2023

Indeed FutureWorks 2023: Making Hiring More Human in the Age of AI

At the most recent Indeed FutureWorks event, CEO Chris Hyams took the stage to address both the growing excitement and concern surrounding artificial intelligence. He explained how Indeed is embracing AI in hiring and introduced new AI-powered product offerings. Most importantly, Hyams pledged to keep people at the centre of everything. “We’re not trying to build a recruiting robot to replace humans,” Hyams said. “What we’re really trying to do is build a Tony Stark Iron Man suit that makes recruiters able to fly and shoot lasers.” 

Ask an Economist: What You Need to Know About Global Hiring Trends

No matter where you sit, understanding the differences between labour markets around the world — and how to navigate them — is critical to developing the right hiring strategies. In the UK, inclusive hiring is essential post-Brexit. In Germany, offering subsidized child care or more flexible hours may help attract more women to work. In Japan, job seekers have their sights set on competitive wages. We asked Indeed Hiring Lab economists to break down what’s happening in their region and what it means for employers seeking top talent in a tight labour market deflated by aging populations, low birth rates, and limited immigration. 

How to Responsibly Use AI HR Tools 

From reviewing resumes and scoring job candidates to writing job descriptions and identifying opportunities to promote employees, AI is already integrated into many HR functions. However, these tools are imperfect, and without careful attention, AI has the potential to perpetuate, and even amplify, hiring bias. To combat this, we outlined four strategies to help organizations make sure their use of AI is fair, ethical, and effective. 

Better work for better lives

Work-life balance is perhaps the most important part of a role for modern employees and job seekers. It begins with salary transparency on a job listing and lasts until even after a person has left an organization.

“The need for work-life balance is real and here to stay. Gen Z demands it; they expect transparency around compensation, PTO, performance, and other aspects of how a company operates. Older leaders who didn’t have that level of transparency might think these demands sound like entitlement, but they need to be educated because, really, the next generation is just smarter about their wellbeing.” 

— Lori Aiken, Vice President of Global Talent Management at Indeed

Dive deeper: The top “better work” insights of 2023

For Untapped Talent, Hire Moms and Others with Resume Gaps

A gap in a resume used to set off alarms: “Why exactly didn’t you work during those years?” But millions of workers sideline their professional pursuits to care for young kids or an elderly relative, for example, and they represent a huge source of untapped talent. In this story, we outline four strategies for companies to attract “hidden workers,” or people who are often overlooked in the hiring process and have the potential for greatness. The payoff? Harvard Business School reports that hidden workers outperform their colleagues in productivity, quality of work, engagement, and innovation. 

Salary Transparency in Canada — Why it’s Time to Embrace the Trend

Pay transparency is still top of mind for job seekers, employees, and employers. Not every organization has acted on the emerging trend, although more of them recognize its importance. Popular pressure, growing legal requirements, and the need to compete for top candidates are driving interest in salary transparency. Indeed surveyed 100 Canadian HR Executives to understand their organizations' stance on salary transparency and its impacts. Read our 2023 white paper on salary transparency.

AI and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

Understanding and mitigating our biases, with ourselves and our technologies, is critical to building a diverse and inclusive workplace.

“At Indeed, we’ll continue to deepen our focus on AI for 2024 because of the intersection with diversity, equity, and inclusion. Artificial intelligence is data; the data is not artificial. The data comes from humans, and every human, even myself leading this work, has bias. Indeed published its first set of AI principles last year and publicly committed to fairness in the use of its algorithms and to building a team that is diverse and representative of job seekers to focus on this important area.”

— Misty Gaither, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Indeed

“I firmly believe in a guarded optimism that doesn’t shy away from addressing the real risks we face from AI, and that will allow us to fully take advantage of this epoch-defining moment. In doing so, we have the real power to build a more equitable future with AI.”

—Trey Causey, Head of Responsible AI at Indeed 

Dive deeper: The top “DEIB+” insights of 2023

DEIB+: What It Means, Why It Matters and How to Do the Work

DEIB+ stands for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The plus symbol represents Indeed’s commitment to remain agile and open-minded. In our recent survey, 62% of respondents said they would consider turning down a job offer or quitting if they didn’t think leaders supported DEIB+ initiatives. So what can you do? First, conduct an analysis to understand your company’s current landscape so you can figure out what needs improving. Where are you sourcing talent? What’s the rate of promotion across gender, race, age, or other demographics? Gather the data first. Then, do the work to enact change.

Exclusion vs. Inclusion in the Workplace: Exclusionary Behaviours Can Undermine Your DEI Strategy

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace have become growing focus areas for business leaders across industries. While DEI goals are gaining traction, a range of employee behaviours can cause workplace exclusion which may undermine companies’ DEI efforts. What is workplace exclusion, and how can we identify and address it? The following article explains workplace exclusion and offers steps to address it before it happens.

Breaking Down Barriers: For a Bright and Fair Future of Work

In this latest Indeed Canada study, we uncover the hidden barriers hindering Canadian employees and job seekers’ success in the labour market and workplace. Canadian organizations have done their best to address employment barriers. The latest study is a magnifying glass on what issues may be overlooked among groups in the workforce who may feel unseen and unheard. Read our latest Canadian study. 

The Great Disconnect

Employers can’t give job seekers and their workforce everything they want. However, to attract and retain top talent, leaders should understand where the gaps are and do what they reasonably can to close — or at least narrow — them.

“There’s always been a divide between what job seekers and workers desire in a job and what employers are willing to offer. But in the wake of The Great Resignation, and now the rise of return-to-office mandates, there’s a growing trend for employers to watch in 2024 that we’re going to be following closely on the Indeed Leadership Hub. We’re calling it The Great Disconnect. And resolving it will be pivotal in the competition for talent.”

– James A. Martin, Editor-in-Chief of Lead with Indeed

Dive deeper: Examples of The Great Disconnect

When Candidates and Recruiters Vanish: Indeed’s Ghosting in Hiring Report

In 2023, 46% of job seekers and 77% of employers say ghosting — when a candidate or employer disappears from the hiring process — has become more common. And while more than two thirds of candidates feel it’s “fair” to ghost employers, more than half experience regret after they’ve done it. To give business leaders an in-depth look at this phenomenon, Indeed surveyed thousands of job seekers and employers in the US, Canada, and the UK to learn why ghosting happens, what strategies employers can use to reduce it, and what it says about our hiring culture as a whole.

Return-to-Office Resistance? Here’s How to Overcome It

The clear winner of the return-to-office tug-of-war? Hybrid work, which boosts work wellbeing and productivity, and is a competitive recruiting tool in a tight labour market. “The most successful organizations today are embracing flexibility,” says Priscilla Koranteng, Indeed’s Former Chief People Officer. “And not just implementing return-to-office policies, but also giving people a place they want to return to.” To do that, experts recommend reimagining the office to accommodate all types of working styles, focusing on equity, inclusivity, and belonging, and creating opportunities for people to meaningfully connect with each other.