Human Capital Trends

CEOs and HR leaders see talent as a major challenge to growth. Where should you focus? Our survey of 2,500+ organizations in 90+ countries reveals 12 critical trends shaping the human capital agenda.

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Performance management is broken

Companies worldwide are questioning their forced ranking, rigid rating systems, and once a year appraisal process. This is the year a new model of performance management will likely sweep through HR.

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Beyond retention

Survey respondents say retention and engagement is the second biggest human capital challenge they face (after leadership gaps). What’s the secret to becoming a “talent magnet” in the coming years?

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The reskilled HR team

HR professionals need an increasingly wide range of skills, not only in talent areas but also in understanding how the business works, makes money, and competes. How are HR teams staying current and viable?

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Talent analytics in practice

Analytics is an exciting and fast-growing area of human resources, but many companies are lagging. How can they address this game-changing area of HR to move quickly and methodically into the future?

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Race to the cloud

Cloud-based HR technology promises to integrate people systems, enable learning and talent management, and reengineer recruiting. But massive adoption of new software is harder than it seems.

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The global and local HR function

A new model of “high-impact” HR blends globalized talent practices for consistency and mobility with localized flexibility to attract, retain, and manage people appropriately.

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