Global Human Capital Trends library
Prior years' trends and regional analyses
Deloitte has been conducting and compiling global research and regional analysis into human capital trends since 2012—a body of work that represents some of the longest-running and most comprehensive study of HR, talent, and related technology topics ever conducted. Exploring past trend reports gives insight into the ongoing and emerging forces shaping the world of work.
- 2018 Global Human Capital Trends
- 2017 Global Human Capital Trends
- 2016 Global Human Capital Trends
- 2015 Global Human Capital Trends
- 2014 Global Human Capital Trends
A profound shift is facing business leaders worldwide: The rapid rise of the social enterprise, reflecting the growing importance of social capital in shaping an organization’s purpose, guiding its relationships with stakeholders, and influencing its ultimate success or failure.
Organizations face a radically shifting context for the workforce, the workplace, and the world of work. Our survey of more than 10,000 business and HR leaders from 140 countries reveals 10 areas for businesses to focus on to better organize, manage, develop, and align people at work.
Effective organizations today are built around highly empowered teams, driven by a new model of management, and led by a breed of globally diverse leaders. They are “different by design." More than 7,000 HR and business leaders from 130 countries responded to this year’s survey. From this research emerged 10 trends in organization design and culture; in learning, leadership, and workforce management; and within the HR function itself.
In the 2015 report, we explore 10 major trends that emerged from our research, reflecting four major themes: leading, engaging, reinventing, and reimagining. The trends characterize the new world of work—always-on, lightning quick, team-oriented—and the ways this world calls on us to focus on engagement, empowerment, and environment to make jobs enjoyable, achievable, and rewarding.
Some of the biggest opportunities for companies to improve growth, innovation, and performance center squarely on how business leaders reimagine, reinvent, and reinvigorate human capital strategies—informed by a deeper understanding of the new 21st century workforce. This workforce is global, highly connected, technology-savvy, and demanding. Its employees are youthful, ambitious, and filled with passion and purpose. Millennials are a major force, but so are older workers, who remain engaged and valuable contributors.
Five years after the onset of the Great Recession, companies are beginning to reset their horizons. For the last several years, human capital decisions have been largely shaped by that recession and its aftermath of weak economic growth. While the global economy continues to lurch forward, the Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2013 report finds companies pivoting from the recession to the new horizons of 2020.