By Maria Valdez Haubrich

1001816079Who’s looking forward to an awesome 2010? I know I am. Maybe this year you can afford to expand your business and hire some of those excellent people you’ve been dying to bring on board.

Here are some of the top 10 hiring and human resources trends for 2010 according to a survey:

1. Replace Under-Performing Employees: Taking advantage of the large number of talented jobseekers currently looking for work, more than one-in-three (37 percent) employers plan to replace under-performing employees in 2010.

2. Use Social Media: Almost four-in-ten employers (37 percent) plan to emphasize social media in 2010, and one-in-five will add social media responsibilities to current employees.

3. Rehire Laid-off Workers: Among companies with lay-offs in 2009, almost one-third (32 percent) of those employers plan to bring back workers in 2010.

4. Provide Flexible Work Arrangements: More than one-in-three (35 percent) employers plan to provide more flexible work arrangements in 2010, including: alternate schedules (73 percent); telecommuting (41 percent); and compressed workweeks (32 percent).

5. Trim Perks and Benefits: Perks and benefits will be cut by 37 percent of employers in 2010, including: bonuses; medical coverage; and suspended 401k matching.

6. Rehire Retirees & Postpone Retirement: Over one-in-four employers (27 percent) will consider retaining workers approaching retirement in 2010, while nearly one-in-three (30 percent) have workers expressing interest in postponing retirement.

7. Hire Freelance & Contract Workers: Three-in-ten employers anticipate hiring freelancers or contractors in 2010.

8. Add Green Jobs: More than one-in-ten (11 percent) of employers plan to add “green jobs” in 2010 to improve conservation and sustainability.

9. Recruit Bilingual Workers: Nearly four-in-ten employers (39 percent) will hire bilingual candidates in 2010 and half will hire the bilingual candidate of two otherwise equally qualified candidates.

10. Reduce Business Travel: Over one-in-four employers (43 percent) plan to have less business travel in 2010 than in 2009.
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