Three-quarters of HR managers see no link between their strategy and business goals

Only one in four HR managers have a formal process for strategic planning and only a third believe that their HR strategy is linked to organisational planning, according to a survey.

More than 20% of the 72 companies questioned by Personnel Today’s sister publication IRS Employment Review said they did not communicate their strategic direction well to staff.

Almost three-quarters (72%) of respondents said they had no formal process for reviewing company performance against strategic plans.

Mark Crail, managing editor of IRS Employment Review, said: “Few employers believe their board’s attempt to communicate the direction in which they want to take the organisation are reaching the shop floor and being understood.”

“This is especially true of companies that rely on informal approaches to strategic planning and communications – with some of these admitting that even senior managers do not know where the organisation is heading.”

Most HR managers (88%) said the company strategy was developed by the board of directors and half (47%) said it was determined by senior management.

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