There’s Never Been a
Better Time to Be in HR
Your Organization Needs You
The HR department is needed now more
than ever to help organizations deal with
challenges across the employee lifespan.
For example, Gallup’s 2017 State of the
American Workplace report found that 51% of
employees are searching for new jobs, and
only one-third of U.S. employees are engaged.
These are fundamental challenges facing
companies, and only HR professionals have
the skills and backgrounds to re-think and
re-tool the way we recruit, onboard, develop,
engage and retain talent.
The Secret of High-Performing HR Teams
Here’s the problem: In 2017, McKinsey* found
that the typical HR department still spends
close to 60% of their time and resources on
“transactional and operational HR,” while the
highest-performing HR teams spend less than
40% of their time on admin.
The Six Key Pillars of HR
So where do the highest performing HR
teams spend the majority of their time? What
do they do diferently? Paycor set out to
answer these questions. Based on surveys of
hundreds of HR teams and responses from
thousands of HR professionals at every career
level, Paycor found that 75% of the most
successful HR teams focus on:
• Recruiting: HR’s most important and
• Benefts: What (really) motivates your
• Labor Costs: How are you managing
your company’s greatest expense?
• People Management: Unlock the true
potential of your people.
• Compliance: The topic everyone wants
to ignore but HR can’t.
• Employee Experience: The pinnacle of
It’s Time to Make a Diference
Your HR team is probably really good at a few
of those six core focus areas and perhaps not
as good at others. The frst step to improving
your team’s overall approach to HR is to
do some self-refection. Is your HR team
administrative, strategic or a little bit of both?
What specifc steps can you take to improve?
How can you track and measure your
progress? Find the answers to these questions
and more at paycor.com/HRCOE.
“The CEO’s guide to competing through HR,”
McKinsey Quarterly, July 2017
of high-functioning HR
teams focus on six pillars
- Paycor’s Market Trends, July 2017