Magazine article HRMagazine

On the Same Page

Magazine article HRMagazine

On the Same Page

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HR and the C-suite don't agree on everything, but they do see HR's future in much the same light. Both believe that developing the next generation of leaders will be the top priority for their companies over the next decade, according to new research from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Despite agreement about the future, HR and C-suite executives don't see eye to eye in their assessment of today's most pressing human capital challenge. HR professionals say it's employee engagement, while executives point to the retention of talented employees.

But both see the importance of addressing skills gaps and providing competitive benefits and compensation packages, both now and in the future. Not surprisingly, HR professionals view these issues as being more urgent than senior executives do-probably because the former are immersed in human capital issues every day. So the task for HR professionals is clear: to educate executives about the challenges on the ground level and to ensure that company leaders make those challenges priorities when developing business strategies.

The good news is that both HR pros and top executives say their organizations are pursuing processes, strategies and tactics to meet their current and future human capital needs. That's likely why the two groups predict that some of the difficulties they are experiencing today will be more manageable tomorrow. And while business leaders seem to understand the pressure HR is under to do more with less in the aftermath of the Great Recession, both they and HR expect constrained resources to be less of an obstacle in the future. …

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