HR must build bridges with business leaders

by | Mar 4, 2016 | News

Emphasising innovation seen as key to improving business relevance, while C-suite prioritises agility: People Management covers Cirrus and Ipsos MORI’s Leadership Connections research.

HR professionals could do more to help business leaders achieve their goals by increasing the organisational focus on innovation and building a stronger partnership between HR and the C-suite, according to a new study.

Leadership Connections 2016: HR and the C-suite driving innovation – jointly produced by Cirrus and Ipsos MORI and comprising qualitative interviews with 4,000 people – found that almost half of senior executives (49 per cent) are concerned about the innovation capabilities within their organisation.

Despite this, the majority of HR professionals surveyed (69 per cent) believe enough attention is being paid to innovation, and many think it is being over-emphasised.

A further disconnect between HR and the C-Suite was found in the attention being paid to talent management. While 45 per cent of leaders do not feel enough importance is given to this area, only 34 per cent of HR respondents think this is the case.

“One of the biggest challenges for many large organisations today is encouraging a more entrepreneurial, responsive and risk-taking mindset among all colleagues,” said Simon Hayward, CEO of Cirrus.

The greatest priorities, shared by almost two-thirds of leaders, were found to be ‘making sure their companies are agile’ (65 per cent) and ‘having a shared sense of direction’ (64 per cent).

Over the next 12 months, they said they would focus on a number of HR-oriented areas: leadership development (40 per cent), talent attraction and succession planning (34 per cent), talent retention (32 per cent), performance management (27 per cent), business transformation (23 per cent), workforce upskilling (20 per cent) and cultural change (19 per cent).

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