This is changing thanks to companies rethinking performance management to focus on ongoing coaching and team based decision making.

We will soon reach a tipping point where the dreaded annual review will be nothing more than a painful memory, having been replaced by mobile technology enabled continuous performance management solutions that employees and managers both appreciate and like. Companies spend billions of dollars each year on merit increases, bonuses, and other form of compensation.

Today, individuals are living longer, and thus working longer – past 60, 70, and even 80.

Forward-thinking organizations realize the need to keep this skilled talent in their organization, particularly as many industries face increasing skills shortages.

The start of winter is often referred to as the “holiday season.” But it might also be called the “prediction season.” When it comes to human capital management (HCM), most predictions tend to be variations of the same things.

A colleague and I even created a scale to rate HCM predictions based on whether they are new or just “old wine in new bottles.” The reason HCM predictions do not change much over time is because the “H” in HCM is about people. Consequently, the basic challenges of HCM are constant: getting the right people in the right roles and providing them with the right work environments while complying with employment laws.

However, this transition will also force companies to rethink jobs; for example, many positions that used to be full time will become part time.

In the coming year, organizations will begin to move away from the traditional, all-or-nothing view of retirement. Ransom ware made its main stage debut in 2017 with the Wanna Cry and Not Petya attacks.This concept is changing due to shifting skill shortages, global labor pools, and a massive rise in virtual work and contract employment. It means finding the right mix of skills and matching them to business demands by tapping into an increasingly global, virtual, and contingent labor force.Companies will be forced to redefine workforce planning, recruiting, staffing, and management to work in this much more complex labor market. Technology has made a lot of things about our lives much easier and more enjoyable.The following are my “top ten” predictions about how these will change in 2018.Workforce agility will become the most critical concept in HCM. It is now more accurate to say the only constant is an ever-accelerating rate of change.The future of compensation will involve more continuous processes where employees receive different types of rewards throughout the year from different sources.