What's Out and What's In for 2018

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We're saying goodbye to 2017—and many of us say good riddance to a year filled with workplace scandals, weather disasters, upheavals in federal, state, and local laws, and more. It's time to clear out old workplace trends and usher in new ones. Based on our coverage of the HR profession on SHRM Online and in HR Magazine, here’s a forecast of what 2018 holds in store for employees and employers:



OUT 
Aggressive health-care reform


 

OUT
Paid-leave policies


 

IN 
“Madam Secretary



OUT
Leaving pets at home


OUT
Ergonomic chairs


 

OUT
Textbook HR


 

OUT
Wellness programs


OUT
Staying mum about race and religion at work


OUT
Top-down leadership


 

OUT
Toxic, freewheeling corporate cultures


 

OUT
Recruiting



OUT
Bleary-eyed new dads


OUT
Salary histories


 

OUT
Obama administration-era overtime rule and $47,476 salary level for exempt positions


 

OUT
Eliminating ex-offenders from your recruiting efforts



OUT
Excel spreadsheets



OUT
Old I-9 form


 

OUT
Cover letters


 

IN
Stopping work to watch the Olympics



OUT
Screening for marijuana use



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