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HR 2025 Predictions

In a new report titled “HR in 2025: Insights & Predictions,” human resources software leader Paycor examines what the future holds for HR. The report, based on a survey of over 7,000 professionals, dives into key trends that will shape the human resources landscape in the coming year. One key takeaway? Effective managers are crucial for keeping employees engaged and satisfied, no matter if the work is remote, hybrid, or in-person.

“This is our most comprehensive survey ever,” said Paaras Parker, Chief Human Resources Officer at Paycor. “The findings highlight the critical role of HR as a strategic partner and executives’ increasing dependence on HR for leadership development. As businesses look to remain competitive and drive results, investing in leadership training and support makes all the difference.”

Key Insights

  • Employees with two years or less at a company are the biggest flight risk. They are 38% more likely to search for a new job in the next 12 months. Employees who have been with a company for one year or less are 21% less likely to rate their leaders favorably.
  • Nearly half (46%) of HR professionals have been in their roles for two years or less. To counteract recent hire turnover, smart companies will invest in an extended, more robust onboarding experience and best-in-class HR and talent tools.
  • C-suite executives see HR as the owner of leadership development. Chief executives cite “lack of HR support” and “outdated performance management systems” as the top two reasons for ineffective management. There’s no longer any doubt that the top of the organization views HR as a mission-critical strategic partner.
  • Effective leadership drives business results. Compared to low-performing companies, employees who work for high-performing companies are 110% more likely to get productive feedback from their managers and 397% more likely to say their company’s senior leaders are engaged and inspirational.
  • Hybrid workers are the most engaged. Employees who split their time between an office and a remote location are 31% more engaged than remote workers and 16% more engaged than fully in-person workers. Fully onsite companies come in a solid second place and remote is a distant third. Remote workers report less satisfaction across the board.
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“We were encouraged that 91% of businesses plan to hire in the next 12 months and that 79% of Paycor customers are confident they’ll meet their recruiting goals versus only 56% of companies that don’t use Paycor,” said Raul Villar, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Paycor. “We also found that Paycor customers have great retention rates. The employees of companies that use Paycor are 55% less likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months compared to employees of companies that don’t use Paycor. That’s a testament to our customers and to Paycor’s ability to empower leaders to build winning teams.”

Download the full HR in 2025: Insights & Predictions Report here.

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