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Five Strategic HR Priorities For 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust HR leaders into the spotlight, making them essential in navigating the safe return to the workplace. Future Workplace, in partnership with Boston University’s Questrom School of Business HRPI, conducted a survey of 200 C-level HR leaders to understand the lasting impact of the pandemic on work and the workforce. The survey revealed five critical strategic priorities for HR leaders, reflecting a shift towards individual human concerns over purely organizational ones. Click here for article.

  • Workforce Changes:

  • Approximately one-third of the workforce will continue to work from home permanently post-pandemic.

  • Only 4.3% of organizations plan to reduce cash compensation for employees moving to lower-cost areas.

  • HR Strategic Priorities:

  • Employee Well-being and Mental Health: 68% of HR leaders prioritize employee well-being and mental health.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): 67% of HR leaders prioritize initiatives aimed at promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Focus on Individual Human Concerns:

  • The turmoil of 2020 has underscored the importance of addressing individual human concerns, such as employee well-being and DEI initiatives.

  • HR strategies are evolving to accommodate the new ways of working, with a strong emphasis on supporting employee well-being and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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