Odgers Berndtson: Eight Human Capital Trends and Recommendations for 2021

With the unprecedented events of 2020 transitioning into a still volatile 2021, all aspects of the aerospace & defense sector have been impacted in transformative ways.

These include talent and human capital, which was highlighted from layoffs in the commercial aero sector; unprecedented declines in travel, which of course has led to Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings; growth in markets such as space; the new Biden administration and shifting priorities; and changes in the ways organizations work and recruit.

Some of these changes may be transitory, for instance, the cancellation of the Paris Air Show, but after a year of COVID impact, other changes may be more lasting. As we look ahead to 2021, here are the trends we suggest looking at and our key recommendations:

  1. Agile leaders
  2. Divergence between Aerospace & Defense
  3. Accelerated growth in space, unmanned, AI, and Cyber
  4. Diversity & Inclusion – momentum and action
  5. A new administration = new ways of doing business
  6. Services, Training and simulation
  7. Accelerated recruiting process
  8. M&A drives leadership changes

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Jon Barney, Clarke Havener and Clare Glackin
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