Poll Results: What HR Wants to Do

by Sharlyn Lauby on October 9, 2011

Over the past couple of months, you guys have graciously answered a couple of surveys about what HR currently does and what HR wants to do.  I thought you might find it interesting to see the two sets of survey results side by side.  The results are very interesting.

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Let’s start with the disclaimer:  this is not a scientific survey.  It’s only reflective of the people who responded, but it does confirm some of the trends we’ve been talking and reading about.

How are HR pros spending their time?  Here’s what the graph tells me.

  • Employees continue to be frustrated and disengaged.  Is that why human resources is spending a whole bunch of time on employee relations?
  • Companies are watching their pennies.  Are HR pros spending time on compensation and benefits to save their organizations money?
  • Not so much recruiting taking place.
  • And training and development … well, the graph speaks for itself.

On the other hand, what would HR like to be working on?

  • A study from Forrester Research shows that investments in training and development increase employee productivity, which ultimately has a positive impact on the bottom line.
  • It only seems logical that companies who are providing employees with training, are also sending the message that employees are important and valuable.  This translates into better engagement.
  • Productive employees create growth and profits.  Companies need to hire more and this creates jobs.  More recruiting occurs.
  • Research from the Society for Human Resource Management supports that, while total compensation might attract employees, companies retain talent through employee development.

Did I miss something here?  What do you think when you see these stats?  It seems to me there’s no downside to investing in your current employees – which is what the majority of people say they want to do.  Isn’t there some old cliché about lifting everyone up?!  If not, there should be.

And more importantly, if training leads to increased productivity and better productivity puts people back to work, how do we move from here to there?

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