The Small Business HR Podcast

Ep. 27

27. Forecasting the Top HR Trend of 2022 w/ Kelly Loudermilk

In episode 27, we sat down with Kelly Loudermilk to learn about the trend sweeping the nation (as well as companies big and small): the anti-work movement.
Kelly Loudermilk

Kelly Loudermilk

Talent Innovator
BuildHR

In this episode, we sat down with Kelly Loudermilk, Talent Innovator at BuildHR, to hear about the key trend HR should be watching for in 2022. According to Kelly, the anti-work movement will turn everything we know about HR on its head—and HR professionals and leaders need to be prepared to redefine the relationship between employer and employee in the year ahead.

We also talked about:

  • What a Talent Innovator does—and how the role isn’t that different from what HR has always done
  • Why the anti-work movement is happening now—and why it’s important for HR to pay attention
  • Why redefining and rebalancing the employer-employee relationship is a win for both parties
  • The key role HR will play in attracting and retaining talent in the year ahead

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A Talent Innovator does more than HR and people ops. I coined my own title to capture all the work I do, including changing the way people work with their people to create an environment that works for everyone. That’s what HR has always done—but the narrative has switched. And I’m trying to switch that narrative back.”

Kelly Loudermilk

Not every small business needs all HR functions all the time. With my company, BuildHR, I offer the services small businesses need when they need them.”

Kelly Loudermilk

2022 is going to turn everything we know about HR on its head. Everyone is hearing and reading about the Great Resignation—and what comes with that is the anti-work movement. And not only anti-work, but the desire to redefine the relationship between employer and employee to be more beneficial for both.”

Kelly Loudermilk

There’s a common theme in what people want from their employer. It’s respect. It’s as basic as that.”

Kelly Loudermilk

You don’t have to be a major corporation to make innovations in how you work with your people. You can make your small business a place where people want to work by creating an experience that speaks to your employees.”

Kelly Loudermilk

If you want to create a workplace that works for everyone, you have to listen to your people and then take action based on the key themes they’ve shared with you. Then, let your people know that you’re making changes based on what they told you. This demonstrates that you’ve listened and you care about what matters to them.”

Kelly Loudermilk

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