In this complex job market with a growing talent gap, executives are leaning more on HR leaders these days for innovative business strategies, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.
Nearly two-thirds of CEOs surveyed (65%) agree that since the recession, HR opinions carry greater weight with senior. And 90% of CEOs say it’s important for HR leaders to be proficient in workforce analytics, the survey says.
“HR leaders are becoming more influential members of the executive team,” says Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “CEOs are looking for HR to be just as data-savvy and digitally savvy as other areas of the company, and take quick, measurable actions that move the business towards it goals.”
CEOs say they look for HR to have a broader influence by:
- Providing actionable talent data to help devise strategies to meet larger business goals
- Showing ways to cut costs and increase efficiencies
- proactively working with other leaders to help solve business problems
CEO’s view: The top 3 recruiting challenges
Lack of skilled candidates 49%
Inefficient recruiting (too long to fill jobs) 35%
Poor candidate experience 25%
Source: CareerBuilder/Harris Poll of CEOs, April 2015