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Top Business Trends for 2013

A lot of successful businesses are willingly adopting growing trends in order to enhance their business processes, employee recruitment and retention. As 2013 approaches more of the practices of old have to be relaxed in order to embrace new trends to attract and keep the best talent. The list below identifies the top business trends for 2013.

Mobile technology will continue to increase as a recruitment platform

Users are doing more and more with their Smartphone and tablet devices so it is evident that they will be using these devices to locate new opportunities and interact with prospective employers. Job seekers and employees manage almost every aspect of their professional life digitally so recruitment managers need to get ready for this. They need to invest in recruiting initiatives that include support for mobile and tablet technology.

Businesses embrace remote workers

The availability of technology and all that it does is facilitating the rise in remote work. Telecommuting used to be a rare privilege in years gone by but today has completely dominated the workplace. Major companies are letting their employees telecommute if not full time at least three days a week.

Flexibility, a word that made recruiters cringe in the past is now the new norm. They are using flexible work hours, flexible time off and flexible work weeks to attract and keep existing employees. Workplace flexibility also includes the option to bring your baby or pet to work.

While these new trends seem to benefit the employee only they do benefit the employer as well. By making work and communication more transparent they can use these flexibilities to yield better results. Motivated, satisfied and relaxed employees are more productive than their dissatisfied and stressed out counterparts.

Businesses use a multifactored approach to employee retention

According to the results of a study conducted by AchieveGlobal employee retention must involve the creation of development opportunities for key employees and the provision of incentives to inspire loyalty.

The six key factors that businesses are using to ensure satisfaction and retention that will continue into 2013 are:

  • Targeted recruiting and hiring to hire workers that are most likely to stay.
  • Focus on achievement to ensure that employees have all the right tools to succeed at the job.
  • Learning and professional growth where the employer is familiar with the development goals of the employees and makes provision to ensure that the employees develop in those areas.
  • Employee recognition to acknowledge and reward employees’ contribution to corporate achievements.
  • Nurturing careers to connect employees to others in the organization who will help move the employees’ career along.
  • Team collaboration to hire competent people who work well with others on the team.

Globalization, Offshoring and Outsourcing

If you think that outsourcing and offshoring was a major business trend in 2012, just wait until 2013 rolls around! In order to sidestep the impact of local economic factors businesses are targeting global markets. They are seeing the positive outcome of moving offices and factories into the global markets and using the talents of local employees in these new locations.

The rise in outsourcing and offshoring is evident in the US as businesses seek to get more for their money invested in employees. By outsourcing they no longer have to invest money in infrastructure and specific staff locally. Get ready for more of this in 2013.

What are some other business trends we can expect in 2013?

Written By

Edwin is an avid marketer and currently writing on behalf of Silver + Goren Edwin has a passion for helping businesses succeed.



  1. TracyAnn0312

    September 4, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Well it seems that I have a better idea now when I want to build business next year. Good thing that you site always offer great topics like these.

  2. Lakshmi Balu

    September 4, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I can’t stop myself from reading and writing about mobile technology and its uses in the field of any businesses irrespective of niche. The recruitment wing in any company with mobile enabled work culture will be able to liaise effectively in terms of scheduling the evaluation processes. The candidates will to apply too will be able to in their profiles while on the go and thus mobile technology will be the boon to the human resource professionals.

    • Joseph Admin2

      September 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

      I have a close friend who shares the same view. Funny though that hardly anyone felt this way about mobile technology just 5 years ago.

  3. Richa

    September 5, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Hey Edwin

    Thanks for this great forecast about 2013. Outsourcing, I too believe, surely is gonna be a great thing next year too.

    • Edwin Chan

      September 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Hi Richa, I agree, outsourcing is going to get even bigger with sites like Freelancer and Odesk getting more and more visits.

  4. Aayna

    September 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Hey Edwin,
    A great set of prognostication!!! I too believe that the new tools related to mobile technology will surely be the limelight of the next year as well. Thanks for the share.

  5. Abhishek

    September 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Outsourcing is certainly going to get bigger since business have to cut down on costs in order to survive. Also, a number of small business just dont have the capacity to hire full time employees to do every task. Also, the trend of hiring remote works has witnessed substantial growth in the last few years and will surely continue as it helps people to hire the best possible talent at the best possible price.

  6. Joy

    September 7, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Hello Edwin, thanks for the fearless forecast! I highly believe that technology will continue to evolve to our advantage and that more and more people will be involved in telecommuting, the BPO industry and online marketing. Thanks for the share!

  7. Kristine

    September 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Great foresight, Edwin. We are definitely moving towards this direction with the advent of new technology and business processes. As early as now, majority of the people I know are involved in the BPO industry but they are highly interested to try their hand at telecommuting being the more convenient option to make a living. Thanks!

  8. Julie Bozell

    September 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Hello Edwin, thank you for the fearless forecast! I have a strong belief that mobile technology will continue to increase as a recruitment platform, especially with the competitiveness between all the different products.

  9. Julie Bozell

    September 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Hello Edwin, thank you for the fearless forecast! I have a strong belief that mobile technology will continue to increase as a recruitment platform, especially with the competitiveness between all the different products.

  10. Dipa

    September 8, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Political changes might not really allow outsourcing. After all, wasn’t there news recently regarding Obama planning a college for specifically keeping jobs in US instead of “Bangaloring” and Beijinging them?

  11. Henry

    September 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Thanks a lot for sharing this post, I always want to set up a business as I cant live my life working under someone. Outsourcing going to be huge thing next year & Off course demand for mobile increasing rapidly so sure even its going to be huge, good post..

    • Edwin Chan

      September 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Hey Henry, yeah outsourcing and mobile are definitely exploding right now. It’s the best time to jump on board.

  12. Fatima

    September 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Indeed these are the rightly sketched forecast views for business trends in upcoming years. Embracing remote workers is surely going to be a two-way benefit for businesses and employees. Thanks for the great insight.

  13. Akshat Sethi

    September 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I try to outsource as much as I can and I always first look for outsourcing to India. From my experience when it comes to outsourcing to India I know that I will get good quality work in addition to a great price for doing so. So, in future I will definitely give advice to everyone to follow Outsourcing in business.

  14. Emilia

    September 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Technology has evolved so much over the recent years and I’m not very surprised to find out that we are inching our way towards complete mobility more and more each day. We also saw a dramatic rise in the number of BPO companies investing in Asia and other parts of the world which emphasizes the presence of advancements in technology further. Thanks for the interesting share!

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  17. Stephanie

    March 18, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Yeah I do believe that business process outsourcing is trending for this year because of the our new generation. It’s a year of innovation for the business. Thanks for the post.

  18. Sunny

    May 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    It is a new age process o do business and it will continue in coming days also. Thank for nice post

  19. Ethan K. Washington

    August 3, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Very informative! Thank you for giving this info.

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