Survey: HR Failing to Prepare Workforce for Future

London — Sept. 6

Just 39 percent of all HR respondents and 35 percent in the U.S. cannot sufficiently prepare their workforce for tomorrow’s demands, according to a recent survey, leaving 32 percent of employees overall and 26 percent in the U.S. feeling insecure in their jobs as a result.

The survey, conducted by Lumesse, an integrated talent management service firm, also found that 82 percent of respondents and 74 percent of those from the U.S. agreed that employees have to learn more and faster to succeed in their roles than they did five years ago.

Moreover, 51 percent of HR leaders overall and 38 percent in the U.S. confirmed that they are some way from delivering to their full potential when it comes to providing employees with the right training and knowledge for their roles.

Thomas Berglund, director of Learning at Lumesse, said: “With 75 percent of HR leaders agreeing that organizational change is happening globally much faster than just five years ago, HR professionals are being asked to achieve more with much less, and to do it right now.”

Additional findings include:

• Only 10 percent of leaders overall and 17 percent in the U.S. believe HR is seen as an “extremely useful partner” by employees for skills development.
• Some 71 percent of HR leaders overall and 69 percent in the U.S. believe that employees see HR as providing little or no learning, or just the minimum skills for them to succeed.
• Some 40 percent of HR leaders overall and 39 percent in the U.S. believe that employees would not seek help from HR if they needed to develop new knowledge or skills quickly.
• The majority of employees see their colleagues as a more valuable resource for acquiring new skills or knowledge than their internal Learning Management Systems.

The survey was conducted by a third-party research house in the U.S., Europe and Asia with 769 HR executives working at organizations of all sizes. While more than half of respondents work in organizations with less than 1,000 employees, more than 10 percent work in organizations of more than 50,000 employees.

Source: Lumesse