CEOs, HR clash over training: Survey

Connect programs to bottom line, strategic goals, say experts
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/23/2012

HR and CEOs are at odds when it comes to investments in training and development, according to a report. Three in four (77 per cent) CEOs said their firm will cut spending on T&D in the next 18 months, but only one in six (18 per cent) HR directors had this expectation, found the report, based on a survey of 300 CEOs, CFOs and HR directors around the globe, including Canada.

“It did suggest a worrying disconnect and a misalignment on something that perhaps is quite critical for an organization to effectively deploy their strategies,” said Ana Barco, head of innovation — talent management at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in London, which carried out the survey along with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

“Given we’re talking about C-suite members, we’d expect there to be more of a connection and singing from the same hymn sheet,” she said.