7 HR Experts Share Their Primary Focus for 2021 🔮
The year 2020 was marked by the pandemic and HR's focus in 2021 is very much to make sense of the aftermath and move forward from here. In this short guide, we have gathered 7 experts' advice and thoughts on what they predict as the main focus areas for 2021.
In general, experts agree that there will be more focus on employee well-being and mental health as a consequence of the new working environment. In line with this, People Analytics tools will gain more ground to ensure deeper understanding of employees as well as provide the foundation for Employee Experience (EX) initiatives. Finally, more employee data will create an increased need for data ethics, in order not to lose employee trust.
The pandemic has thrust the HR Department and its functions into the spotlight. The central and crucial role that HR managers have played in this crisis can be likened to the role CFOs had during the financial crisis. HR has flourished during this difficult time, led by competent leadership, having high levels of ownership, prioritising employeewell-being and been imminent at people analytics. Research from the World Economic Forum, BM, Deloitte and Accenture all point to how HR will evolve in the future and take on a more central and strategic role. Companies need HR functions like never before.