The following was originally published on CIO.com.
HR organizations plan to accelerate development of their capabilities in 2018. But many will need to do so with flat or declining budgets and staffing levels. Major initiatives to smooth enterprise digital change, overhaul organization culture, and close critical gaps in HCM analytics, technology and talent management capabilities are on this year’s agenda. The pace of digital technology adoption is expected to speed up, led by social media, cloud and mobile applications. However, not all of the most urgent capability gaps will be addressed during the year, putting business and HR priorities at risk.
- Greater focus in 2018 on critical capability gaps – but not all of them: Planned improvements center on vital needs, but many HR organizations are failing to address critical enterprise goals, including developing executives who can lead in volatile environments, enabling business strategy execution, and dealing with critical talent/skill shortages.
- Other important needs largely neglected: Urgent capability shortfalls pertaining to HR skills, HR organizational agility, and alignment of workforce and business strategy will not receive the attention they need.
- Digital strategy execution gap persists: Most HR executives recognize digital technology’s potential to transform the enterprise as well as HR roles and operating models, yet less than half believe their organization has the strategies and resources required for successful execution.
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