In five or ten years, we may look back at 2020 as a game-changing year for work and the workplace. Not only is this year the start of a brand-new decade, but it is also the year of a historic health crisis that will be documented in history books and remembered for decades to come. The COVID-19 or novel coronavirus pandemic threatens not just the health and safety of the population but also the foundation of the economy. It has also introduced the concept of social distancing, putting employers in a unique adapt-and-overcome mindset.
These shifts could sow the seeds for changes in the workplace and human resource dynamics that extend far beyond the pandemic’s end date. In this article, we explore the ten current HR trends—both pandemic-driven and unrelated—that are critical for employers to recognize right now.