Category: Business Trends

Business trends discusses the implications of economics, employment, mergers, acquisitions, and regulatory changes on talent, leadership, recruitment, and human resources issues.

HR Predictions 2021

HR Predictions for 2021: Transformation At Scale

After a long and wild pandemic year, it’s time to talk about 2021. And I think it’s going to be amazing.

Last year we redesigned our products, services, and offerings to be digital, safe, and delivered with “low touch.” We refocused our leadership on empathy, growth, and change. And we took care of our ... Read more»

remote work

Remote Work Has Arrived, But It’s Not Quite As Great As We Hoped

We’ve had almost a year of remote work, and the transformation has been amazing. Today, among those who can, 71% of Americans  work from home most of the time, 87% say they have excellent tools, and employees are roughly as engaged as they were before the Pandemic.

But there is a huge gap... Read more»

Work Is Still Work

After more than 40 years, Work isn’t as different as we think it is.

Every day I get up early and read my emails, and sure enough, there are at least ten messages from magazines, authors, book publishers, or consultants about “the future of work” or “the end of work” or “the new world of ... Read more»

Vaccine Policy For The Workplace: You Can Mandate Vaccination

Over the last week we’ve had dozens of conversations about what employers can do for vaccine policy. Let me summarize what we’ve learned, with research from Jeff Levin-Scherz, Ben Lupin (published in HRE) and Jena McGregor (published in Washington Post). And stay tuned, we’re learning more day by day.

Update today:  ... Read more»

Ready For The Vaccine? Workplace Public Health On The Frontlines

This week we are launching our new Workplace Public Health program in the Josh Bersin Academy, and as the pandemic rages, I encourage you to join. Developed in partnership with Columbia, this program will teach you how to build a public health policy for your workplace.

Let me offer you some other advice as ... Read more»

What The Election Taught Us About Leadership: We Want Leaders Who Care

We’ve learned a lot of lessons this year. As I’ve been discussing in The Big Reset (detailed research here and here), this year is not just a year of Pandemic, it’s a year for global culture change. And the US election points this out more clearly than ever.

Consider where we’ve been since the ... Read more»

The Big Reset Revisited: Global Transformation Is Here To Stay

When I first wrote about The Big Reset in March, I discussed the transformational potential of the Coronavirus. Well now that we’re nine months into the pandemic, it’s clear that the transformation is real. So rather than talking about going “back to work” or “back to normal,” it’s time to accept the future, ... Read more»

The Ten Keys To Resilient Business Performance In The Pandemic

Businesses have been through insanity this year. Transportation and hospitality companies have seen plummeting demand; retailers and distributors have built all new delivery models; tech companies are seeing explosive growth; and banks and financial services companies are responding to huge economic changes.

Through all this change the #1 issue on the minds of CEOs is ... Read more»

The Congressional Report on Big Tech: Yes It’s Time To Do Something

The Congressional report on Big Tech is an important document. While I know many will see it as partisan, I found the research thorough and filled with important information. And my conclusion is yes, we do need to take some action.

How Important Tech Has Become

I’ve been a part of the tech industry since ... Read more»

New Research Shows Dramatic Shift In Priorities Among Business Executives

This month Accenture introduced a two-year research project on the increasingly important role of HR, and it uncovered a dramatic shift in priorities among senior business executives..

The big finding? Business and HR leaders have dramatically changed their perspectives: employee wellbeing has replaced operating efficiency.

The research, which Accenture calls Net Better Off, involved ... Read more»