2020 was a year like no other for businesses around the world. Many, like HireRight, had to pivot to a remote working model, which, despite the widespread adoption of video conferencing software, was not without its challenges.
Companies had to make difficult decisions regarding their workforces, with millions of individuals worldwide losing their jobs or being placed on furlough as many employers struggled to stay afloat in challenging economies. Meanwhile, industries such as healthcare needed to hire and onboard high volumes of candidates quickly and safely as the demand for trained healthcare professionals continued to grow apace.
Before the pandemic hit, many of us were looking forward to 2020 and beyond, preparing for what might be in store and planning for the future. This year’s Benchmark Report takes the conversation back to the future of work – has the pandemic changed the future of work forever, or simply sped it along a path it was already heading?
The opening section of the 2021 Global Benchmark Report, “The State of Screening in 2021,” examines how background screening is being conducted at the start of 2021, over a year on from the first reported COVID-19 outbreak. This includes a look at the evolving global compliance landscape – are increased demands for remote working, mandatory vaccination policies, and employee testing programs influencing new legislation, and if so, what impact may they have on employers globally?
The next section, “Global Perspectives,” is a series of reflective pieces and executive summaries, through which HireRight’s leaders around the world provide insight into many of our key geographies (North America, EMEA, APAC, India, and Latin America) and verticals (U.S. Transportation and U.S. Healthcare and Life Sciences.)
Finally, the report closes with “The Future of Work”, looking at the impact the pandemic has had (and will continue to have) on the future workforce and how talent is acquired and managed.
Many of you reading this will have completed our survey, so I extend my thanks to you for taking the time to share your experiences from the past year – this report wouldn’t be the same without your contributions.
I hope you find HireRight’s 2021 Global Benchmark Report a useful global snapshot of background screening and the HR industry in 2021, and that it helps you to benchmark your future HR activities against those of your peers regionally and globally. If you have any feedback on the report, we’d love to hear from you.