Legal issues cause HR headache
02-Feb-2008 - [Northgate HR]
~ legislative compliance is number one worry for UK HR managers ~
Keeping ahead of legislation is the biggest day-to-day concern for 83 per cent of HR and payroll professionals, Northgate HR research has found.
The study, conducted by Harte Hanks Research, also showed that legislation is the primary concern for HR professionals, over people-focused concerns such as improving employee productivity and boosting morale.
The research found that the top five worries for HR and payroll professionals are:
This legislative burden is in danger of blocking innovation, according to Marika Hall, HRO business manager at Northgate HR: “Staying ahead of new legislation is obviously important, and HR’s responsibility. But the fact that so many feel it’s their biggest worry rings alarm bells,” said Hall. “It’s very
“If HR directors are bogged down by details, their focus is not on their number one priority: their people. Talent management – an area vital for HR to prepare the organisation for the future – should be at the top of the list, not languishing at tenth place because other issues are taking up HR’s time. Devising new ways to recruit, retain and develop staff should be the number one priority for HR professionals,” Hall concluded.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About the research
Harte Hanks conducted the research in behalf of Northgate HR in late 2007. It is the forth wave in a series of research projects Harte Hanks has carried out for the company, which started in 2002. The primary objective of the research was to understand how Northgate HR and its competitors are perceived in the market, and to establish the significant issues effecting HR Directors in 2008.
Harte Hanks surveyed 201 senior finance and HR decision makers, all of whom work at companies employing over 500 people.
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