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HUMAN RESOURCE CONCERNS SHIFT FOR 1992, BNA SURVEY FINDS

 HUMAN RESOURCE CONCERNS SHIFT FOR 1992, BNA SURVEY FINDS
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The recession has prompted some shifts in the concerns and priorities of human resource executives, according to the latest annual survey of HR goals and challenges conducted by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. While employee benefits and training will remain predominant issues, fewer HR professionals expect to focus on staffing activities in 1992 than in previous years. The survey also finds that employee morale and productivity continue to be at the forefront of HR managers' concerns, while the Americans with Disabilities Act has risen to the top of many HR agendas. BNA is a leading publisher of information services covering employee relations, business and economics, law, taxation, the environment and other public policy issues.
 Survey respondents were asked for their top three priorities for 1992 as well as for their levels of concern regarding a variety of topics in human resource management. Results show that:
 -- Employee benefits is among the most prevalent areas of emphasis in 1992, as about half of respondents (48 percent) will focus on benefits issues this year. Health care costs are a major concern for the vast majority of HR managers; 82 percent are "very concerned" about managing health care expenses.
 -- Training will be a 1992 focus for 46 percent of the responding professionals. Many management training sessions will cover cultural diversity in the work force, sexual harassment, ADA or other employment law.
 -- Recruiting, selection and placement will be stressed by only 22 percent of the HR executives in 1992, down sharply from 36 percent in 1991. Only 33 percent of HR executives are "very concerned" about employee retention, compared with 49 percent last year.
 -- Employee morale and organization performance are top concerns for about three-quarters of the practitioners. HR professionals believe that addressing these issues will be particularly difficult in the wake of the recession.
 -- ADA poses a major challenge for many respondents; 61 percent of HR executives are "very concerned" about the act's requirements, up substantially from 38 percent a year ago. HR managers expressed concern about new administrative tasks, the cost of accommodations for workers with disabilities and workplace safety.
 -- The role of the human resources department within the organization is a top concern for well over half of the HR executives; many hope to adopt a more consultative and less reactive approach in 1992.
 Survey responses were received from 136 organizations nationwide. Respondents are human resource and employee relations executives representing a cross-section of U.S. employers, both public and private.
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