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New Cezanne HR and HR Ninjas Research Reveals HR’s Image at All-Time Low

In collaborative research between Cezanne HR and HR Ninjas, the poor self-conception of HR professionals is laid bear: 83% of HR professionals believe that HR has a poor reputation. Here we explain where this reputation may come from. 

Cezanne HR, the UK’s fastest growing provider of modern, flexible HR systems for UK & global businesses, announces the release of its latest report: It’s All HR’s Fault… and the findings make worrying reading…

  • 83% of HR professionals believe HR is suffering from a tarnished reputation

The report, which polled members of the 30k-strong HR Ninjas community, discovered that 83% of HR professionals believe employees view their profession negatively. The report also revealed negative employee interactions with HR were the core driving force behind this damaging perception, along with the strong belief that HR teams were perceived as overly bureaucratic.

The HR Image Problem

Exploring the reasons for this, the report discovered:

  • Manual processes and unmanageable workloads are the biggest barriers to success for HR professionals
  • 54% of HR professionals rarely or never receive recognition for their efforts
  • Over half of HR professionals have considered quitting the profession
  • 61% of HR professionals believe managing processes fairly and transparency is the key to improving a negative image.


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Cezanne's Take

Speaking about the report, Paul Bauer, Cezanne HR’s Head of Content said that “Our survey clearly revealed HR professionals feel they’re not trusted or understood by other employees. HR is being perceived as the home of bureaucrats and the right hands of senior leadership, only there to make and enact the ‘difficult’ decisions. But in reality, this misconception is hiding the truth.”

Paul added that “HR departments are influential voices in the C-suite, working hard to create workplaces that employees enjoy being in. However, suspicion of HR erodes trust among both employees and managers, leading to resistance when HR wants to implement new policies or deal with sensitive issues. If HR wants to remain seated at the boardroom table, it must address this long-standing and damaging image problem, fast.”

You can download the full report by visiting https://cezannehr.com/l/its-all-hrs-fault-free-report/.

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Cezanne HR offer a comprehensive HR software solution, covering absence management, performance management, payroll and more. 

HR Ninjas are the UK's leading forum for HR professionals, covering all the latest HR news, compliance and regulatory updates. 

Travis is a global business development advisor. He has spent the last 14 years supporting business establishment and development in North America, Southeast Asia, and throughout the world. With multiple degrees from the University of Oregon, Travis currently splits his time between the US, and Bali, Indonesia. At RemotePad, Travis writes about remote work, hiring internationally and PEO/EOR business models.