Human resource executives continue to face significant challenges in the post-pandemic labor landscape. Recruitment continues to be an issue—from attracting to maintaining top talent—as the employment market transitions from the Great Resignation of last year to re-engaging current employees. HR executives are managing new hybrid work models while striving to create a more productive work environment. They’ve gone from battling burnout to prioritizing employees’ mental health.
The 53 HR leaders in this supplement show they have what it takes to navigate the ever-changing HR landscape. They have implemented and updated work-from-home policies and innovative onboarding processes. Recruitment is top of mind with one HR executive onboarding 550 employees in the past year. Employee wellness is also top of mind for OC HR execs with initiatives like virtual coffee chats and instituting employee wellbeing programs. In addition, they have restructured outdated retiree medical plans and advocated for market equality and fair compensation.
METHODOLOGY: The honorees did not pay to be included. Their profiles were chosen from the nomination materials they submitted. This list is not comprehensive and includes only executives for whom nominations were submitted and accepted after an editorial review. The Distinguished Leaders are serving in senior leadership roles and demonstrate an impact on the Orange County community. Honorees are listed alphabetically.