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Human Resources Trends for 2017

Human Resources Trends for 2017

February 2, 2017

Morneau Shepell’s annual Trends in Human Resources survey canvasses Canadian employers on what they are planning for the coming year, and asks HR Leaders specifically about the opportunities and challenges they face. This year’s survey results indicate that organizations are placing greater focus on improving employee health, engagement and productivity.

Insights on what HR leaders are expecting in the coming year

  • Health, productivity and engagement are among the highest priorities.
  • Absence management and streamlining HR administration are focus areas to reduce costs and improve productivity.
  • HR leaders continue to be cautious about salary increases.  Salaries expected to increase by 2.1 per cent in 2017.
  • There is a trend toward improved measurement of total health and the effectiveness of HR programs, looking for clearer evidence of a return on investment.
  • Managing mental health in the workplace continues to challenge employers.
  • Employers are struggling with disability claims related to mental health.
  • Employers with DB plans are looking for ways to de-risk them.
  • DC plan sponsors are concerned about the income needs of their employees after retirement.
  • Employers are concerned about the health care needs of their retirees.

Survey participants receive a personalized report that provides insights on compensation changes for the coming year and other key trends in HR. Results will be published in September and will be a helpful resource for annual planning in HR. 

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