Survey: HR must pick up the digital transformation pace
- When it comes to adopting new, emerging technologies – from cloud-based applications to online collaborative working - 84% of employers and employees across the U.S. and Western Europe say the digital transformation is critical in remaining competitive within their industries. But many aren't changing fast enough.
- Research sponsored by Sungard Availability Services, which provides managed IT, cloud and recovery services, also found that 83% say digital technology is vital to improving productivity.
- A majority of 1,400 employees surveyed made a big push for digital tools, stating these new technologies make their jobs easier (69%) and enable them to develop new skills (63%). In addition, 36% say they would leave for a job with a more "digitally progressive" employer, and 44% believe their employers are not transforming fast enough.
Keith Tilley, executive vice president, Global Sales & Customer Services Management at Sungard Availability Services, says that if IT fails to deliver, everything from staff retention and employee productivity to ultimately business growth is at stake.
While it's true that today's successful HR leaders are becoming more and more tech savvy, they often don't have a close relationship with the information technology folks. This survey points to how critical employees and employers believe digitally transforming is for success, so HR should establish and/or build its connection to IT.