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Employee engagement 'is the leading HR challenge'

27 June 2011

Management staff in human resources (HR) roles are finding employee engagement to be the leading cause for concern in the current business climate.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has conducted a survey of HR professionals, in which 69 per cent of respondents voted this as the main challenge they will face over the next three to five years.

This was greater than the amount citing issues such as employee retention, recruitment or organisational culture, with recognition programmes becoming an increasingly prominent way of tackling the potential problem.

HR managers are therefore looking to reward staff for years of service and exceptional work, while employee exit interviews and retention rates are being used as methods of assessing successful engagement.

Evren Esen, manager for the survey research centre at SHRM, said: "Employers are recognising typical areas of performance that are extremely important when it comes to maintaining happy workers, who in turn are likely to remain highly engaged in their workplace."

Last week, data from The Scala Group's International HR Barometer 2011 showed the increasing importance of talent management in successful management.

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Categories: Human Resources

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