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June 30, 2006
HR Pros List Top 10 Trends

The rising cost of health care and the growing use of outsourcing are two of the top trends HR professionals say will have the most impact on the workplace in the next 10 years, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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More than 1,200 SHRM members responded to the SHRM Workplace Forecast survey.

Overall, the top three trends that HR professionals said will affect the workplace over the next decade are rising healthcare costs, the growing use of offshoring and outsourcing, and the threat of increasing healthcare costs to U.S. competitiveness.

"Increasing market pressures are a growing focus for HR professionals," says Susan R. Meisinger, president & CEO of SHRM. "Issues like healthcare costs, access to skilled workers, and business practices are all key areas where HR can and must play a substantial role in helping organizations be more globally competitive."

HR professionals identified the following as the top ten trends that will affect the workplace overall:

  1. Rising healthcare costs
  2. Increased use of outsourcing/offshoring of jobs to other countries
  3. Threat of increased health care/medical costs on the economic competitiveness of the United States
  4. Increased demand for work/life balance
  5. Retirement of large numbers of baby boomers around the same time
  6. New attitudes toward aging and retirement as baby boomers reach retirement age
  7. Rise in the number of individuals and families without health insurance
  8. Increase in identity theft
  9. Work intensification as employers try to increase productivity with fewer employees
  10. Vulnerability of technology to attack or disaster

For more information on the report, visit the SHRM website at .

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