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HR departments just dont communicate, according to UK Business Leaders

HR departments just dont communicate, according to UK Business Leaders
Nearly a quarter of business leaders (22%) have stated that HR departments across the UK are failing to communicate, according to research carried out by jobsite The survey, carried out amongst 194 business leaders, also found that 25% reported that their HR department can, at times, over-communicate.
Human Resources is an important contributor to an organisations overall success, said Tony Roy, President of CareerBuilder EMEA.  While business acumen has long been part of the HR job description, the financial hit companies took in the latest downturn has amplified the emphasis CEOs are placing in this area.  Theyre paying closer attention to the return on investment for HR initiatives and how that return ultimately impacts the bottom line.
The findings also  revealed that business leaders consider it important for their head of HR to have an MBA to better correlate HR functions and programmes with overall business performance.  One-third (33%) want HR to present programmes or initiatives as a business plan. 16% want to see the projected return on investment for each HR initiative.
Other key findings include:
*   Focus on solutions. Business leaders said they want to hear ideas whether its to establish a new strategy or resolve a dilemma. When asked about the type of information they absolutely dont want to see, 61% pointed to communications that present problems without solutions.  The same amount reported they dont want to see anything touchy   feely information while 17% said they dont want to see anything that isnt related to cost, revenue or the bottom line.
*   Know the customer. Business leaders said they expect their HR department to be in tune with who their customers are and what they want.  Thirty per cent of business leaders reported that their HR department is not knowledgeable enough about their client base.
*   Get the inside perspective.  One of the most important things HR provides to senior executives is insights into what employees are thinking and their performance level.  Thirty-nine per cent of business leaders would like to see more feedback in regard to employee satisfaction.  Thirty-seven per cent want to know which employees specifically are exceeding their goals.
*   Be flexible.  Agility is key for business leaders. Nearly half (49%) of business leaders reported their HR department can get too caught up in policy and process and pointed to the need for more flexibility.
Survey Methodology
An online survey of 757 business leaders in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden was conducted in a range of organisations between 17 November and 17 December 2010. Business leaders included C-level executives, directors and senior managers with recruitment responsibilities.  The survey was conducted online by Shape the Future, a market research agency based near London which specialises in high speed online research.
The total sample size in the UK was 194, giving a margin of error of 7.04% at 95% confidence. The survey was conducted strictly according to the code of conduct of the UKs Market Research Society.


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