CEO survey shows people management changes will follow recession

Employers are planning on overhauling the way their organisations manage people post-recession, which could spell significant changes to HR models over the next decade, according to new research.

A study of about 70 UK CEOs found that 85% are planning to alter the way their organisations manage people as a consequence of the economic crisis.

Four in five (81%) plan to address staff morale through reform and increased investment, the PricewaterhouseCoopers 13th Annual CEO Survey report showed.

Meanwhile, more than half (59%) plan to make changes to flexible working, over one-third (42%) hope to increase head count over the next 12 months, and two in three (65%) expect to increase investment in training and development.

Other findings revealed that 55% expect to revise global mobility arrangements, looking at factors such as staff travel or international secondments.

Michael Rendell, partner and leader of HR services at PricewaterhouseCoopers said: “Preparing for the upturn is a clear platform of opportunity for HR and, in the near future, this will mean refocusing on managing through change and engagement programmes as talent gaps need to be closed and roles redefined.

“Given the strong focus CEOs appear to be placing on people-management strategy and processes, we expect to see significant changes to HR models over this decade.”

Last month Personnel Today exclusively revealed that nearly seven in 10 HR professionals had identified a “huge need” to ensure managers have the skills to manage the aftermath of the recession.

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