Organizational Development Consultant and Leadership Coach

9 Trends That Will Shape Work in 2021 and Beyond

January 24, 2021

As an organizational development consultant, I think in systems and look for trends that will impact short and long term organizational success.  This Harvard Business Review article provides excellent observations that I find helpful in working with my clients on their most pressing strategic issues. 

Executive Summary:

While 2020 was the most volatile year in modern history, it would be a mistake to think that we’re in for smoother sailing this year. In fact, as we move into 2021 and beyond, the rate of disruption will potentially accelerate as the implications from 2020 play out across the next several years. Here are nine predictions from the chief of research for Gartner’s HR practice.

1. Employers will shift from managing the employee experience to managing the life experience of their employees.

2. More companies will adopt stances on current societal and political debates.

3. The gender-wage gap will continue to increase as employees return to the office.

4. New regulations will limit employee monitoring.

5. Flexibility will shift from location to time.

6. Leading companies will make bulk purchases of the Covid vaccine for employees — and will be sued over Covid vaccine requirements.

7. Mental health support is the new normal.

8. Employers will look to “rent” talent to fill the skills gap.

9. States will compete to attract individual talent rather than trying to get companies to relocate.

Here’s the link to the full article.


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