What’s in the cards for 2021 HR trends? We certainly didn’t expect the twists and turns that 2020 took, and they will certainly have an impact on the future. To get an idea what HR trends we might expect in the new year, we turn to a variety of publications and HR thought leaders for their predictions.

Human Resource Executive: These are HR’s priorities for 2021 – A recent Gartner survey found that the pandemic has dramatically impacted what HR leaders will be focused on in the coming months.

HR Daily Advisor: Predictions 2021: The Future of the Workforce – To address challenges the pandemic has exposed, employees have had to pick up skills that may not have been part of their formal education, relying on digital learning to quickly identify and fill the gaps. Heading into 2021, these are the key areas organizations will need to pursue as they head into the new normal—or, more accurately, the next normal.

Sedgwick: Drive to thrive in 2021 (PDF) – Major industry trends and issues that employers, carriers, brokers, risk management and human resources professionals should watch throughout the coming year to remain ready as we move from “what now” to “what’s next.”

Human Resource Executive: An HRE Series: Looking ahead to 2021 – HRE is helping HR leaders prepare for the year ahead with a series of insights from industry experts, thought leaders and others about what we can learn from 2020 and the challenges coming in 2021.

SHRM: What HR Professionals Are Looking Forward to in 2021 – With the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, businesses are expected to start settling into a new normal. HR professionals say that, in addition to looking forward to seeing colleagues and operating in person again, they are optimistic about many new developments they embraced last year that likely will continue into 2021.

Forbes: 15 Human Resources Goals Every Company Should Set For Q1 2021 – We spoke with members of Forbes Human Resources Council about the best ways to plan for Q1. Here are 15 HR-related goals to think about setting in the new year.

Harvard Business Review: Our Work-from-Anywhere Future – Best practices for all-remote organizations

HR Daily Advisor: HR in 2021 – A variety of HR executives offer their perspectives on the coming year.

Forbes: Top Five Human Resources Challenges In 2021 – It appears that disruption and workplace change will continue into 2021. This means organizations must carefully consider the implications of the top five HR challenges of 2021 as they begin prototyping new workforce models.

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B2C: 4 Lessons for Employers Looking to Retain Their Staff in 2021 – Employers could risk losing their high-performing employees if they don’t do enough to support and communicate with their workers throughout this uncertain time.

BenfitsPro: The way forward: Benefits brokers look ahead to 2021 – For better or worse, the pandemic has drastically changed everything from office operations to client interaction to marketing strategies.

Ragan: 4 crucial HR trends and employee benefits to consider in 2021 – It’s time to shed antiquated service models, perks and programs. Here’s how to prioritize worker well-being moving forward.

PropertyCasalty360: 2021: How to foster employee well-being in the new year – Employees are paying close attention to – and making use of – the benefits their employers offer. Here are four specific areas where you should expect to see increased adoption and/or innovation in the next year.

Risk & Insurance: 5 Absence and Disability Trends You Better Keep on Your Radar Well into 2021 – The 2020 trends are still in play — even if significantly changed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BenefitsPro: 8 New Year’s resolutions for HR, benefits pros, and retirement plan advisors – Retirement and industry benefit advisors offer 8 things to consider in 2021.

HR Dive: 2021 workplace trends show an emphasis on people, ADP studies say – “The human element is playing a more profound role at work,” an executive at the company said.

MIT Sloan Management Review: Nine Leadership Lessons 2020 Gave Us – Our experts reflect on the ways leaders can support their teams in times of uncertainty and change.

HR Exchange: 7 Quotes from HR Professionals that Prove 2020 Wasn’t All Bad and 2021 is Full of Hope


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