The HR Department Benchmarks and Analysis 2004 Survey, which surveyed 950 HR executives, finds that of executives who measure core activities most regularly, 81% report being “substantially” or “fully” involved in strategic planning, whereas, among those who do not measure HR activity regularly, only 46% report such involvement.
The study also found that HR departments are increasingly taking on a heavy workload (with 38% saying their duties have increased and only 8% reporting a decrease). This is the highest net increase seen in 10 years, according to the survey.
“HR is being asked to measure and explain how it affects the success of the organization – a request that is made of all critical areas of an organization,” said SHRM President and CEO Susan Meisinger, in a news release. “HR professionals must be able to quantify their contributions if they are going to assist in setting the strategic direction of the business.”