• Organizations continue to focus efforts on training for necessary work skills and employee development for future changes.

• Current efforts on diversity and inclusion are still low.

• Focus on compensation has reduced from this time last year.

• The factors exerting the most influence are talent shortages and skills gaps.

• Local organizations predict increasing efforts to actively recruit and to reduce attrition, signaling growth.

• 73% of organizations anticipate championing new or significantly revised human capital initiatives for 2018, including greater autonomy for employees as well as health protection and promotion of well-being at work.

• HR departments expect to focus on talent management at every level.