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HR engaged for upturn

Human resources director survey discovers
organisations’ priorities for the next 12 months. Improving employee engagement
will be the top priority for HR directors in 2010, according to a recent survey
carried out by HR software and services provider, NorthgateArinso.

Almost two-thirds (59 percent) of HR directors questioned picked out employee
engagement as key for their business over the next year, suggesting it will
play a major part in driving businesses out of the recession.
“Many directors will want to prevent talent leaving the business for other
opportunities as confidence returns to the job market,” said Steve Foster,
manager, business consulting at NorthgateArinso. “We predict there will be an
increased emphasis on employee interaction to help minimise the numbers of
resignations.”

Return on investment was voted the second most important in 2010 by 23

percent of HR directors. “As
cost is now under more scrutiny, and projects more difficult to get approved, the
business case, or ROI, for any HR project has to be clear,” added Foster.
Improved business intelligence was highlighted as the third priority, according
to 16 percent of respondents. NorthgateArinso believes this will involve HR
departments practicing data mining – making the best possible use of
information they possess about current employees to predict trends and improve
business practice.

450 replies were gathered from HR directors from across the UK in order to
determine the industry’s priorities for 2010. “Employee engagement is something
that is going to be vitally important as HR departments look to retain key
staff and avoid loosing talent they have invested in. As we approach the
upturn, HR departments will demand information at their fingertips, to support
other functions within the company in the most effective manner,” concluded
Foster.


25 January 2010

 

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