2021 CHRO Leadership Perspectives

CHRO Views on Priorities & Opportunities
March 2021

In 2020, HR leaders had a full plate of challenges -- from supporting a remote workforce and managing the economic impact of the pandemic to grappling with issues of racial injustice and the health and wellness of employees. The C-suite also realized the impact of CHROs during a crisis and recognized that efforts viewed as traditional HR responsibilities in fact touched every area of the organization.

This year, CHROs are challenged with creating return-to-work strategies, driving their DE&I programs forward and addressing employee mental health and wellness.  

CHROs from the world’s leading organizations shared their most important 2021 priorities across the business, as well as within their own functional areas.



Diversity, equity and inclusion was also the top priority for CHROs in the last Leadership Perspective Survey (fall of 2020). HR leaders shared their specific goals for diversity initiatives and the challenges to achieving them.



The top priorities for CHROs -- diversity and current and future leadership -- are reflected in how they plan to spend their resources this year.


For nearly 20 years, Evanta has gathered insights on our C-level communities’ top priorities, the challenges they face, and the goals they set to add value to the enterprise. This data is invaluable to peer communities, enabling us to highlight trends and develop discussion topics that meet the real-time needs of executives. To join the conversation, find your CHRO community.


Based on 440 CHRO responses from Evanta’s proprietary Leadership Perspective Survey, March 2021.


by CHROs, for CHROs


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