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2018 HR Trends Report

Discover the human capital practices that are setting leading HR departments apart.

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This report captured input from 764 business professionals on their current human capital practices and performance.

Your Challenge

  • It’s important to separate new and effective HR best practices from fads to help prioritize initiatives that will provide maximum impact for the organization.
  • You must develop a strategic plan that enables the organization to find, retain, and maximize the value of top talent to achieve organizational goals.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Being effective is important not only for HR. Organizations are more likely to have achieved or made progress towards their goals when they have effective HR departments.
  • In a departure from previous years, culture was identified as the number one priority, winning out over HR strategy. This focus on culture is also reflected in the analysis of HR trends, with two of the top five most implemented trends relating to culture.
  • HR departments continue to focus on improving the candidate experience – the number one emerging trend for both 2017 and 2018.

Impact and Result

  • Use the data and analysis from McLean & Company’s 2018 HR Trends Report to inform your HR strategic plan.
  • Understand which HR practices and trends are having the biggest impact on overall HR performance.
  • Benchmark your HR team’s effectiveness, priorities, and budgeting against other HR departments.

Research & Tools

1. Understand the top HR trends and priorities for 2018

Inform strategic plans and ensure best practices are being prioritized.

2. Compare against key trends and priorities from 2017

Evaluate year-over-year changes in priority and effectiveness.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a one call advisory process.

Call #1 - Identify which trends and practices should be a priority for your organization and discuss current practices that need to be modified.

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Module 1: Understand 2018 HR Trends

The Purpose


  • Current trends in HR.
  • Areas where organizations are demanding better performance from HR.
  • How you compare to your peers.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Gather information to inform your HR strategy.
  • Reveal areas where your organization is underperforming.
  • Gain understanding of practices that are driving change in HR.




Use the data and analysis from McLean & Company’s 2018 HR Trends Report to inform your HR strategic plan.

  • An understanding of the most impactful HR trends and practices.