Top HR Goals for 2021
2020 has been one of the most eventful years in recent memory. It goes without saying, but Covid-19 has dramatically changed the way that we work and live. Because this year has been full of trials and tribulations, companies have needed to drastically rethink the way that they conduct their business.
That being said, the year is almost over. Looking to 2021, there will be some lingering issues related to Covid-19, but there will likely be others that aren’t related to the global pandemic. These issues will likely impact the goals that HR professionals have
Ultimately, HR leaders and upper management should be cognizant of their upcoming goals and priorities that may occur in the workplace next year. Whether you work for a small or large company, being aware of these goals right now makes it much more likely that they’ll occur.
A Renewed Emphasis on HR Leadership
Covid-19 has taught us that strong leadership is especially valued in uncertain times. From celebrated chef Jose Andres offering countless meals during the pandemic to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern responding quickly to Covid-19, this has been a time for leaders to accept the uncertainty and lead their organizations onward.
Whether your business experienced a huge economic hit from Covid-19 or has some unexpected tailwinds, now is the time to step up. This is especially true in your organization’s HR department. HR leaders will continue to play a critical role in a business’s success. This includes things like making your physical workplace safe, refining your remote work policy (at least for the early months of next year), and thinking about new positions that you could fill next year. While these tasks may not be the easiest, taking ownership of them will continue to be imperative next year.
Consider Different Recruiting Tactics
Recruiting is always difficult. No matter your sector or industry, there are plenty of companies fighting for a distinct pool of talent. As we enter next year, it is well worth your time to think about ways that you will find and attract team members.
The good news? Crises lead to all kinds of opportunities. Your competitors may have laid off some extremely talented individuals. It is worth your time to reach out and see if they would be interested in working at your company. Instead of looking at a specific hiring profile, think about the skills that your company needs to fill that position. By taking a skills-first approach to finding new talent, you may come across an extremely non-traditional candidate that becomes a key member of your team.
These are just some ideas that you can leverage. The bottom line is that now is a time to think about different ways to fill open positions at your company. Doing so, you may come across some fascinating and talented individuals.
Double Down on Employee Wellness
The term “employee wellness” has been around for some time, but it has become especially relevant amidst Covid-19. Even if the pandemic concludes next year and we return to some sense of normalcy, employee wellness will continue to be relevant. In fact, there is a good argument that your organization should increase its investment in employee wellness programs.
Employee wellness can mean many different things. For instance, you can offer benefits and programs like biometric screening, flu shots, wellness challenges, gym reimbursement, financial counseling, and more. While these programs aren’t free, they go a long way in keeping your colleagues happy and healthy. In certain circumstances, they may even prevent serious illnesses or death.
Therefore, don’t hesitate to invest in employee wellness programs. In all likelihood, your employees are expecting your company to offer these types of benefits and programs. By fulfilling their expectations and investing in employee wellness, you’ll also find that your business can accomplish its financial goals.
Accelerating Into the New Year
Even though we are facing many unknowns, pursuing the above goals can help your organization accelerate into the new year. Agility and adaptability will certainly be valuable in 2021. But along with being agile, keep these goals in mind. Don’t be afraid to experiment as necessary. Doing this, you can substantially increase your chances of making 2021 a year that you will never forget.