After the most unexpected year in a few generations, there is a desire to get back to a normal routine. Even if it is a new normal, people tend to perform better when they have a routine. While some companies are planning to get back to the office later this year, others are determining how to build a hybrid structure. So as we kick off the new year, let’s look at what is being forecast as HR trends for 2021.
There is no doubt that 2020 was transformative for everyone personally and professionally. In looking ahead, the transformations from last year will continue as we navigate a new workplace environment. Human Resources Executive shared the list of HR trends for 2021 from Gartner that you will find interesting. Themes include:
A shift from managing the employee experience to managing the life experience of your employees.
Work life balance also took on new meaning last year. As a majority of employees were literally forced to work from home and children were learning remotely, it shed new light on the importance of balancing employees’ lives and their well-being. Employees who feel their employer understands and are empathetic towards their needs tend to be happier and more productive.
More companies will adopt stances on the societal and political debates of the day
Beyond the pandemic, the civil rights protests last year brought forward a topic millennials and Gen Z care about deeply, becoming active in societal issues. Companies are getting more pressure from employees and customers to take action and not just make statements.
The gender-wage gap will increase in 2021 as employees return to work at the workplace
A surprising trend from Gartner is the expected increase of the gender wage gap. They anticipate more men coming back to the office and those that do will receive more promotions and raises compared to workers who choose to work from home.
The significant increase in employee-monitoring technology will be met with new regulations limiting what employers can track about their employees
Last year, more than a quarter of employers implemented technologies to passively track their remote employees. Frustration from employees and privacy issues will likely mean new regulations for monitoring and tracking employees.
Flexibility moves from location to time
Now that remote working is accepted as a normal, the next evolution will be around when people work. Instead of focusing on a nine to five schedule, employers will focus on the work getting done on time regardless of when the work is being done.
Mental health support becomes the norm
Another area that was accelerated last year was that of mental health. Over the past decade, advancements had been made in supporting mental health of employees, the anxiety and depression brought about by the pandemic has shown companies the critical need to de-stigmatize and provide more mental health support programs.
The buy-versus-build talent calculus will shift to more buy and rent and less build
As the need for on-demand skills continues to increase, the ability to buy or rent this talent will take on a larger role in HR strategic plans. The time and resources to build the talent simply won’t make sense financially.
For more information on what to expect, we recommend reading the articles linked above and if you have questions or need help building your Human Resources plans for 2021 and beyond, let us know how our recruiters can help you be successful.