This year represents a “back to basics” approach for the HR function in APAC region, with talent management (61 percent), employee engagement (60 percent) and recruitment (58 percent) at the top of the agenda globally.
This is according to the sixth annual Harvey Nash Human Resources Survey, representing the views of over 1,250 HR leaders from more than 30 countries.
Tanya Lau, Director of the Consumer & Retail Practice APAC, Harvey Nash Executive Search said: “There is no doubt that boards see the people agenda as a key priority, however our survey results revealed that many CEOs are making important human capital decisions without the involvement of HR, because it is increasingly seen as an ‘engine room’ function.”
The economic outlook is uncertain and the Harvey Nash HR Survey 2016 highlights that HR is heading back to basics this year with a core focus on talent management, recruitment and employee engagement.
A significant shift in HR priorities has occurred over the last year. The board is increasingly asking HR to focus on recruitment: up seven per cent in the past 12 months and leadership teams are managing their talent to ensure that the workforce is engaged, and therefore retained.
“Despite this shift in priorities, over the six years we have conducted the Harvey Nash HR Survey, the HR function has become increasingly influential,” Lau added.
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Specific APAC related findings include:
Employee retention, training and motivation are all more important this year, demonstrating that companies are investing in and protecting their greatest asset – their people.
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