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Report: Hr Must Do Better on Flexibility and Data

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Report: Hr Must Do Better on Flexibility and Data

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However, the study of executives by the Economist Intelligence Unit suggests ways that people managers could make changes to improve their standing.

For example, while three-quarters of the executives say the workforce is becoming increasingly virtual and flexible as it also grows more international, almost a quarter say HR teams are currently unable to support an international hiring strategy, even where it is a CEO's "key concern"

Similarly, only a quarter say their company excels at attracting and retaining international talent.

Even though three-fifths of businesses have increased their use of initiatives such as virtual workspaces in recognition of shorter-term projects, more than three-quarters of business leaders say HR teams remain poor at supporting a virtual workforce.

"HR teams need to determine which roles are appropriate for remote working and develop a support mechanism for them" the study concludes. Data dilemma

An additional problem identified was providing useful data, both about skills capacity and employees' motivations and desires.

HR needs to move away from merely reporting historical data to focus on forward-looking analytics, it suggests, while also collecting clear information about available skills rather than relying on instinct. …

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