Magazine article HRMagazine

The Pulse of the HR Profession

Magazine article HRMagazine

The Pulse of the HR Profession

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While most employees will seek other job opportunities in 2014, a majority of HR professionals plan to stay put, recent surveys indicate.

More than 8 in 10 workers in the U.S. and Can- ada say they will "actively seek a new position" in 2014, according to a survey of 900 workers by Right Management, a career advisory firm. Just 5 percent say they have no intention of seeking a new job.

The long recession and very slow jobs recovery that followed have clearly created a lot of pent-up desire among employees to move on. Many have stayed in jobs years longer than they would have in a better economy. HR professionals have been bracing for an increase in voluntary turnover ever since the recovery began, and benchmarking data from the Society for Human Resource Man- agement (SHRM) show that an increase is already occurring: In 2013, the voluntary turnover rate rose to 13 percent, compared with 8 percent in 2010.

The SHRM HR Jobs Pulse, a new poll of more than 800 HR professionals, indicates that HR practitioners themselves have been similarly affected by these economic conditions, and we may now be entering a period of higher turnover rates within HR departments.

However, HR professionals are not planning to seek new jobs at the rates employees overall seem poised to do. Just a little more than one-third of HR professionals plan to seek new employ- ment in the near future. One reason may be that only around 20 percent of organizations have job openings in HR, with the generalist, employment/ recruitment, administrative and employee rela- tions functions most in demand. …

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