In this "era of unprecedented volatility" for employers: increasing workforce skills gaps, sexual harassment claims and other types of "people risk," organizations must re-examine how they manage their employees, according to Aon's report, "People Trends 2018."

"Organizations have a stark choice: They can continue to wade through this volatility, as they have in the past, or start mitigating their people risk," the authors write.

The workforce skills deficit is now being exacerbated by recent changes to immigration policies around the world that are impacting the flow of talent from country to country, according to the report. Many organizations have yet to adopt strategic workforce planning measures to set up contingencies for the future.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.