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Nicolas Liénart and Sébastien Vachon
Directors, talent management, La tête chercheuse

The latest HR and recruitment trends for 2023-2024

December 8, 2023 - Be in the Know

In the whirlwind world of recruitment and human resources, Nicolas Liénart and Sébastien Vachon, both directors at La tête chercheuse, have joined forces to tell us about current trends in the sector.

For them, the key lies in human links, a philosophy dear to La tête chercheuse. By building on mutual trust and understanding, they stress the importance of building lasting relationships between employers and candidates, going beyond the strict qualifications on a CV. Drawing on their shared experiences, they stress that it’s not about selling jobs; it’s about creating genuine links with candidates and employers!  

Understanding employers’ needs, keeping in touch with market realities and building genuine relationships with candidates are key elements. Networking, proximity, curiosity, humility and empathy are essential ingredients for building solid alliances in the demanding world of recruitment.  

Nine HR and recruitment trends that are shaking up the labour market:  

  1. Time is of the essence – The pressure of time is omnipresent. The recurring question is: “How can I find the ideal candidate for yesterday?”;


  1. Well-being or flexibility at the centre of concerns – The importance attached to well-being at work has become paramount, as has the choice of working method. Employees are seeking a balance between productivity and personal fulfilment;


  1. Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI): more crucial than ever – While diversity and inclusion were already at the forefront, they are now taking on even greater importance, expressing the desire and need to enrich teams with a variety of perspectives. It’s worth noting that, for the first time, four generations are coexisting in the labour market, 60% of whom are employees from the younger generations (millennials and Z);


  1. Technology adoption and innovation – Companies are increasingly integrating technologies such as artificial intelligence to stay competitive. The search for specialised professionals with their finger on the pulse is becoming a priority;


  1. Human integration and commitment – In addition to skills, the emphasis is on the cultural fit between candidates. Employee retention and commitment are key concerns and require ongoing investment;


  1. Skills development and change management – Everyone’s curiosity is essential if we are to go further. Developing employees’ skills is more than ever the key to meeting today’s challenges. Resistance to change and disengagement require particular attention;


  1. A broader role for managers– Managers must evolve towards the role of human coach, which requires them to develop their skills further. They need to get to know themselves well if they are to assume the role of professional coach  – or even life coach – that younger generations expect of their leaders; 


  1. Complexity leadership – Making informed decisions in a complex environment is a major challenge for today’s leaders. And in complexity, intuition and emotional intelligence are allies;


  1. Putting the lessons of the pandemic into practice – This is the ideal time to use the empathy skills developed during the pandemic and apply them in a new form of partnership with employees, making collaboration more resilient, sustainable and adapted to the new reality of work.  


With this in mind, La tête chercheuse has launched Quæst, its new leadership development service offering. Thanks to these new made-to-measure services, La tête chercheuse can now help organisations find exceptionally talented employees and support them in developing their full potential. Quæst: quest for meaning, quest for self, quest for success, quest for knowledge, quest to surpass oneself.

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