Recruiting Is Top HR Concern in 2021

SHRM (1/5/21)

Recruiting and hiring while the nation struggles to recover from the coronavirus pandemic is HR professionals’ top concern going into 2021, according to new research.

Talent acquisition professionals will have their hands full, as unemployment is expected to remain high and a majority of people in the labor force expect to look for a new job despite, or possibly due to, the economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

Online HR resource site XpertHR asked 563 U.S. employers in September 2020 to rate expected workplace challenges in 2021 and found that recruiting and hiring sits at the top of the list, followed by workforce planning and workplace health and safety.

“The survey found that roughly one-half of responding employers expect to increase their workforce [in 2021],” said Andrew Hellwege, surveys editor for XpertHR. “After COVID-19 rocked the economy in 2020, employers won’t want to miss out on the potential recovery in 2021 … and recruiting and hiring efforts will be key for attracting talent and ramping up operations.”

Just 10 percent of organizations predict they will have to eliminate positions, while 30 percent anticipate no change in staff size, and 12 percent were not sure, the survey found.

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