HR Leaders Are Feeling Stressed and Burnt Out
According to 91% of respondents, the last couple of years has been challenging, while 95% felt HR was too much work. About 84% said they felt stressed, and 81% said they felt burnt out. About 62% even said they considered leaving the HR profession.
Despite facing such challenges, 57% of HR leaders greatly enjoy their work. According to a respondent, now is really the time to make an impact and shape new ways of working.
HR’s Role Has Dramatically Changed
The rate of change in HR’s role in the last few years has been eye-watering due to the seismic shifts in the world and workplace. About 91% of C-suite and HR leaders say that the role has changed dramatically over the last five years. About 32% of HR leaders and 41% of C-suite executives believe these changes won’t slow down anytime soon.
HR will have to pull up their socks and be part of the change. To be able to do that, they should be on their toes to stay educated and informed so that they can anticipate the transformation to the maximum possible extent.
Most HR Leaders Focus Primarily on Processes
Respondents universally agreed that HR needs to evolve from primarily an administrative function and take on more of a strategic focus, with a greater consultancy role in organizations today. Yet, most also pointed out that balance today usually still tips in favor of the administrative role more than they would prefer. About 73% of HR leaders and 76% of C-suite also say that HR teams today focus primarily on processes.
Despite this, there is a widespread consensus among HR professionals that the days of HR being seen as an admin function should have been long over.
HR’s Role Is Still Perceived Administrative
HR leaders still have some way to go to convince companies of their value and the power and flexibility of the modern People function. About 63% of C-suite leaders agree that they still see HR’s role as administrative, and many business leaders don’t expect HR to play a leading role across key areas, such as workforce planning and company culture. Further, only 39% of HR leaders think employees know what HR does.