2017 RECRUITING HR So Far | Healthcare in 2018 | Drug Testing and Marijuana | Kids and Smartphones | Job Interview Fails (video)

eESI Week’s Best: This week we look at our 2017 HR predictions and Forbe’s 2018 healthcare predictions. Also in this recap, the impact of medical marijuana on workplace drug testing and the effect of smartphones on your kids’ brains. Interviewing soon? We share a video of what not to do.  

How’d we do?

Now that we’re nearly two-thirds of the way through 2017, we thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the predictions we made at the first of the year. Check out chapter one of our 2017 HR Trends Toolkit for Small and Mid-Size Companies which was all about recruitment. How do you think we did?  You may find a few helpful tips, too.


They get earlier every year.

No, not the holiday shopping promotions — the predictions. Forbes is getting a jump on us all with 5 Important Healthcare Predictions for 2018. Contributor Annabel Acton says we can expect more consolidations in the industry as well as breakthroughs in rare disease treatment.


Marijuana laws cause consternation for employers.

We’re going to make an early prediction for 2018. The increasing acceptance of marijuana use, particularly for medical treatments, will create headaches for employers as they have to evaluate how and when to screen employees for drug use and what to do with the results. SHRM shares some thoughts on the topic in An Employee Failed a Drug Test. Now What?


The Atlantic makes waves with an article on smartphone use.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? That’s the dire title of Jean M. Twenge’s article in the September 2017 issue of The Atlantic. Early studies indicate that the allure of smartphones may be stronger than previous generations’ distractions, causing kids to lose sleep, lack social skills, and suffer from depression.  If you’ve got kids, take a look at the new research contained in this article … 


Speaking of recruiting trends, many experts predict that future employers will be looking for candidates with strong social skills. The guy(s) in this video might be in trouble.