Bosses say HR is too reactive to have big impact

The nation’s managers have labelled HR reactive and say the function fails
to play an important role in managing change.

And, managers believe, HR needs to improve it’s influence with senior
executives and concentrate on aligning with business goals.

The findings, from the seventh annual Management Agenda study by the Roffey
Park Institute, surveyed 735 UK managers. It found that while 32 per cent of
respondents felt HR added value to the business, some 37 per cent believe it
lacks credibility.

Some 90 per cent of the organisations surveyed reported experiencing change,
predominately as a result of restructuring. Nearly a third (32 per cent)
downsized – up 20 per cent in a year.

More managers than ever before (74 per cent) reported suffering work-related
stress, while 57 per cent said their workload had increased in the past year.

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