More than one-third of business leaders say ensuring a safe workplace will be more challenging over the next 12 months.
In a sign of the times, attracting top talent is no longer the No. 1 priority for businesses.
Instead, employee safety and well-being are now top priorities, according to a survey. Oasis, a professional employer organization that specializes in human resources, commissioned the survey of 300 business leaders from small to mid-sized companies across a broad cross-section of industries in December 2020.
"2021 will be challenging as businesses, in particular small and mid-size businesses, navigate safely bringing employees back to work and adjust to the long-term impact of the pandemic," said Teresa Carroll, president of Oasis, in a press release. "No matter the industry they serve, all businesses have had to adapt to new regulations and local and state mandates as the pandemic evolves.
“Likewise, whether employees have faced cutbacks or mental health challenges brought on by the pandemic, all workers have been impacted. In turn, this has brought workforce management and overall physical, financial, mental and social employee wellness front and centre among business leaders' list of priorities."
Other key findings from the survey include: