Recession aftermath skills for managers cited as main priority

by 10 Feb 2010

Nearly seven in 10 HR professionals in the UK have identified a “huge need” to ensure managers have the skills to manage the aftermath of the recession.

A Henley Business School study of 119 HR professionals found 67 per cent put developing middle managers in their top two priori ties. In contrast, just 34 per cent of respondents put “developing the capability of the HR team” in their top two, it was reported in Per sonnel Today.

The Corporate Learning Priorities Survey 2010 suggested HR pro fessionals were ready to pass the responsibility for succession plan ning and recruitment post-recession to managers.

The survey report said: “HR professionals suggest they feel the majority of major change, provoked by the wider economic condi tions, has happened, and they anticipate turning their attention to suc cession planning and attracting new talent into the business.

“However, they do see a huge need to ensure managers have the skills to manage the aftermath of that change (67 per cent mentioning this as a priority).”

Linda Irwin, executive director, corporate development at Henley Business School, said a pragmatic approach had been adopted by man aging and HR directors faced with the tumultuous economic climate.

Courtesy of Personnel Today. www.personneltoday.com

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