Are companies doing enough to actualise employee potential?

Posted: 2018-01-28 23:15:31

Do you think the company you work for does enough to actualise your potential? If you answered no, you're not alone. A new study conducted by Cascade HR polled more than 440 human resources professionals, and found that 44% felt that the workforce didn't have enough support to flourish.

The alarming assertion comes alongside news that 72% of participants felt that their roles were 'slightly or significantly' more over-stretched than they were in 2016. Also, some 32% admitted to struggling with employment legislation, causing Cascade's CEO Oliver Shaw to admit to HR News that overall, 2017 had been a challenging year.

Conversely, there was some good news: 61% of HR professionals felt 'somewhat prepared' for GDPR, while only 15% stated that they were significantly or slightly underprepared. Elsewhere, many cited that they had made significant progress; this was most evident in the boardroom, where 37% said they continued to maintain a 'strong and respected' presence.

Automation was also seen as an area of opportunity for HR professionals, with 50% believing it will play a partial role in improving efficiency in the office, and a further 45% deeming its role to be 'significant.' Shaw explains that the more HR managers embrace tech, the more it can be used to liberate them from time-consuming, admin jobs.

However, Shaw notes that the most crucial insight garnered through the research is the lack of support HR professionals feel from their prospective employers. Consequently, they are unable to give employees in their care adequate guidance.

Study after study has demonstrated the absolute necessity of providing employees with training and progression opportunities, and so this discrepancy will undoubtedly impact staff satisfaction and retention rates. Moreover, in a job economy where top talent is already hard enough to keep a hold of, failing to invest in staff could be catastrophic.

It's imperative, then, that employers take note and give HR professionals the support they need to help staff members be their best selves. While this change can be tricky, encouraging employees to unlock their potential and upskill also aids in improving productivity.

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