Worried about workers

Research undertaken by specialist recruitment & HR services provider, Randstad has revealed New Zealand organisations remain concerned about their ability to meet complex range of HR challenges, namely increasing performance and productivity and retention of talent.

It says New Zealand employers must up their game and spend more time on future workforce planning.

The report is based on responses from 5300 employers and 4500 employees across the Asia Pacific. 

The latest findings are consistent with top workplace worries recorded year ago. Other key challenges are retaining top performers (18 percent), managing internal change (14 percent), and attracting new talent for the next phase of business growth (13 percent).

The report states that organisations are not spending enough time on future workforce planning. 

“Only 51 percent of the organisations surveyed spend 10 percent (or less) of their total strategic planning time on their future workforce,” it says. “Almost half don’t plan year in advance, and only 10 percent plan for two-year period.”

Randstad’s NZ director Paul Robinson says when planning for the future employers need to consider the movement towards creating flexible work options to meet the needs of range of employees.

“Only 35 percent of employers say they are doing an adequate job creating opportunities for variable work hours, job sharing or working from home. 

“Overwhelmingly, 91 percent of employers believe organisations will increasingly manage blended workforce of permanent, virtual and transient teams over the next 10 years,” he says.

 “Our research reveals, of all employees who don’t currently have remote work options available to them, 68 percent say the idea is appealing.”

Randstad specialises in providing recruitment & HR services.

To request copy of the report: www.randstad.co.nz/

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