1. 9 HR Trends in 09'

Below are ten questions designed to assess the top HR trends in 2009. Your input is very valuable.

Thank you for providing your HR priorities. We look forward to sharing the results.

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* 1. Human Resource Organizations will be faced with many challenges in 2009. What do you anticipate will be your 3 largest challenges in the upcomming year?


Please check your top three.

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* 2. Layoffs
Tis’ the season of layoffs. Or is it? According to BusinessWeek magazine, Fayette County is the 13th “Best City for Riding Out a Recession”. Is that true, or is your company dealing with layoffs?


Have you had to lay off employees in 2008, or are you planning for a layoff in 2009, and if so, what percentage of your workforce was/will be downsized:

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* 3. Retention of Top Talent
Whether your company is directly experiencing layoffs or not, news of workforce reductions inevitably affects the performance and satisfaction of remaining employees. How are you dealing with workplace satisfaction of your key employees? (check all that apply)


What solutions does your company use to support retention strategies:

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* 4. Succession Planning
Although they may not be retiring quite yet, the numbers are staggering. According to talentmanagment.com, by 2010 one-half of the 76 million baby boomers will reach the ages of 54-64. More troubling is the fact that a significant number of this group populate the senior and middle management of our organizations, and are the brain trust of most companies. The gap in knowledge, skills and experience between the boomers and Generation X is huge, and in most cases is not easily replaced. (Of course, these concerns were expressed prior to our current economic downturn.)


What is your organization doing to prepare for the coming “brain drain”?:

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* 5. Increased Healthcare Costs
Health care costs are expected to rise more than 10 percent into the next year, according to a survey of insurers by Aon Consulting Worldwide. Finding quality and affordable healthcare seems be the biggest challenge for HR professionals in the upcoming year. Many companies are doing much more than just managing health care costs.


Has your company changed strategies to include any of the following? (check all that apply)

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* 6. Multiple Generation is the Workforce
Employees in the 2009 workforce will include personnel from four different generations, these include traditionalist, baby boomer, generation x, and generation y. The diversity that exists between these age groups can bring a new level of enthusiasm into the workplace. Many organizations will spend 2009 learning how to communicate and motivate every employee.


As an estimate, what percent of your work force falls into these categories:

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* 7. Social Networking in the Workforce
Many corporations are now using social networks and online communities to encourage the formation of social friendships between employees and improve communication between executives, middle management, and frontline employees. Websites such as MySpace, Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and Ning are designed so participants can communicate with other employees or customers who share similar interests. So start preparing that internet profile, you will probably be asked to login soon.


Does your place of employment use online communities to (check all that apply):

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* 8. Go Green
Environment Sustainability Programs not only benefit the environment but also can save a company millions of dollars by lowering energy costs and improving employee morale. In many organizations the HR department is responsible for implementing environmental programs.


Does your organization have an environmental responsibility policy:

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* 9. Transportation and Telecommuting
With the aid of cell phones, video conferencing, and limitless wireless connections it’s no secret that Americans are spending more time working on the go and less time at their actual job site. Organizations are increasing assistance aimed at helping employees manage fuel costs, work remotely and spend more time with their family.


Which options does your company offer? (check all that apply)

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* 10. Outsourcing
Due to the current economic downturn, many organizations have had to cut crucial positions within their company. In turn, outsourcing labor has become a wide-spread national trend. Companies are now engaging other HR specialty companies to do employee assistance programs, payroll, training, benefits, and background checks because these contractors have expertise within the respective field and can complete the work in a more efficient, cost effective manner.


We plan on outsourcing the following in 2009:

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* 11. Please provide your contact information so that we may share the results.

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