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Human Resources Trends for 2018

Human Resources Trends for 2018

October 18, 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 suggest they are cautiously optimistic about the coming year, and are focused on building high performing and resilient workforces. 

Insights on what HR leaders are expecting in the coming year

  • Improving employee engagement is a top priority
  • Streamlining administration and absence management continue to be focus areas
  • HR leaders continue to be cautious about salary increases.  Salaries expected to increase by 2.3 per cent in 2018.
  • Employers are looking at workforce data in silos, with very few looking at data in an integrated way
  • Employers are increasingly investing in workplace mental health
  • Complex mental health claims are the top disability management concerns
  • Manager training is a focus in managing absence and disability
  • Organizations are concerned that their employees are not adequately prepared for retirement
  • DB plan sponsor strategies include a mix of investment and design changes to improve performance and lower costs
  • DC plan sponsors are around employee engagement and improving retirement income.
  • Employers are concerned about the health care needs of their employees once they retire
  • 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 a helpful resource for annual planning in HR.

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