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Out-of-date IT hinders HR


A new study reveals that 55 per cent of HR managers think their function needs more sophisticated technology systems and processes to support recruitment and development.

In addition, less than one third (29 per cent) felt that they had sufficient systems in place to gain a clear picture of existing employee skills.

The Gap Between IT and Strategic HR in the UK, commissioned by talent consultancy Taleo, reveals that only a quarter of survey respondents feel that strategic HR functions such as workforce planning, leadership development and performance management are well supported by their IT systems.

Additionally, only a third of participants reported confidence in their current IT systems’ ability to support the recruitment and internal mobility of employees throughout the organisation.

Most felt that administrative functions such as payroll and employee administration (68 per cent) and evaluation and management reporting (53 per cent) were adequately supported by IT.

“The findings of this study clearly show that HR is evolving to play a more strategic role in supporting fundamental business objectives, but the systems being used by HR functions are not keeping up,” commented Neil Hudspith, senior vice president, international operations, Taleo.

“It’s clear that talent management and other strategic initiatives are being recognised as essential functions by ambitious companies that want to retain and recruit the best people, but organisations need to arm their HR directors with the tools and technology needed to support this strategy.”

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