Top 5 HR Trends and Priorities For 2023

Explore five emerging HR trends, priorities and action steps to focus on for the year ahead.

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    HR trends to expect in 2023

    What are the top priorities for HR in 2023? Gartner surveyed more than 850 human resources leaders across 60 countries and all major industries to identify HR trends and assess HR priorities and expected challenges for 2023. Leader and manager effectiveness tops the list, but other priorities are change management, employee experience, recruiting and the future of work.

    Download the full report to dive deeper into the 2023 priorities and benchmark your function against your peers. You’ll discover:

    • Details on the five HR initiatives that leaders are prioritizing in 2023
    • What’s driving these priorities and why action is so imperative for HR leaders
    • Recommended next steps for each priority

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    What is the Gartner HR trends and priorities report?

    This annual report is derived from the Gartner HR Priorities Survey, which polls chief human resources officers (CHROs) and HR leaders on common challenges and asks them to rank their top priorities for the year ahead. This report is designed to offer HR leadership teams a better understanding of emerging HR trends and insight into what their peers are focusing on in the year ahead to help drive strategy for the HR function.

    This year, Gartner received responses from more than 800 HR leaders across 60 countries and all major industries. Forty-one percent of participants were CHROs or heads of HR.

    Top HR Trends and Priorities FAQs

    With the prevailing economic uncertainties, cost pressures, exhausted workforce and changes in the way we work, the focus of HR professionals in future would mostly revolve around:

    • Improving operational capabilities and strategic impact to increase efficiency within HR
    • Create and implement a more human-centric work design to deliver the benefits of a hybrid workforce
    • Provide support and training to mitigate the widening managerial skills gap
    • Focus on employee mental health
    • Confront data ethics in new HR technology

    Here are some of the key ways HR has changed over the years:

    • Shift in focus from employee hiring and compliance to employee experience and employee retention
    • Digital transformation by adopting latest technologies
    • Greater emphasis on Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
    • Better support to leaders and managers
    • Flexible work environments

    The top 5 HR priorities for 2023 are:

    1. Leader and manager effectiveness
    2. Organizational design and change management
    3. Employee experience
    4. Recruiting
    5. Future of work

    HR leaders can use the latest HR trends to craft their strategic plans. They can also proactively set priorities for their functions and goals for themselves in alignment with their businesses.