HR Survey: 2015 HR expectations for business and HR

Widespread media reports would have us believe that 2015 will be a positive year for economic results.  Certainly within the dedicated business and specialist HR journals there is an upbeat mood within various countries.  However many global companies continue to face widely varying pressures; ranging from static vs emerging fast growth markets, a need to retain and attract great talent, increased competition, changes in fuel and raw material prices, and in some cases the knock on effects of political instability and the usual swathes of new legislation. With these and other challenges ahead, what do HR professionals think about the prospects both for the businesses they work in and their own function?