A survey of human resources professionals suggests that the country is facing a massive data deficit.
The National Council of Canadian Employers has published the results of a survey of more than 7,000 senior employees, with some saying they’re struggling to keep up with the demands of the 21st century.
The survey reveals a large number of Canadians are struggling with the ever-changing nature of data and how to make the most of it.
“The human resource management industry has been facing this constant pressure and stress for many years and it has caused many employees to lose confidence in their skills,” said David Schleiermacher, executive vice-president of human resource at the Council of Chief Executives, a trade group representing the top corporate executives.
“We need to find a way to better support these people to be able to manage and use data and technology efficiently,” he said.
The study also found that while some senior leaders are taking steps to address the challenges of managing data and to better protect employees, many are not.
More than half of respondents said they are unable to adequately manage their data, and about one-quarter said they’re having trouble managing their own data.
“This is not a new challenge for us,” said Anne MacKinnon, chief executive officer of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
“We have to find the best ways to manage this.
We’ve always had this problem.”
While more than half the respondents said the problem is that they are not able to understand how to manage their own personal data, that number is still significantly higher than the number who said they cannot adequately manage the personal information of their co-workers.
“I think we’ve been able to figure out that it’s the data that’s the problem and we’re trying very hard to understand that, and we’ve made a lot of progress, but it still takes time,” said MacKimmern.
A growing number of employers are offering data management training, such as those that have been offering online courses in recent years.
But it’s a challenge that’s not shared by all employees.
About one in five employees said they have difficulty managing their data.
About a third of those surveyed said they do not understand how their data can be accessed, and half of those said they can not understand the implications of using personal data in a way that is beneficial to them.
More:More:The survey also found some respondents feel they are under-resourced.
More broadly, more than three-quarters of respondents felt that human resources is under-valued and over-resourcing.
“It’s the same thing for the human resources sector,” said Schleirman.
“The human resources management industry is not the only industry that is facing this challenge.”
The survey was conducted from April 8 to 10 and included more than 700 employees.
The full results of the survey can be read here.