Halogen Software Inc.

Halogen Software Inc.

February 01, 2010 10:08 ET

HR Practitioners Voice Opinions on Controversial HR and Business Topics

Poll shows most HR pros disapprove of stack ranking, support succession planning disclosure, and believe government should decide on executive compensation for companies bailed out

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2010) - Halogen Software has released the results of a recent poll of human resources professionals' opinions on controversial topics in business and talent management. The poll was conducted in conjunction with a panel webcast that took place at the end of 2009, with seven HR thought leaders as part of Halogen's HR Raging Debates forum.

The webcast polled over 400 HR practitioners on each topic debated, with an average response rate of 200. The results share a collective view on topics including generational management, merit-based pay, social media in the workplace, HR metrics, EFCA complacency, and the future role of HR. They can be found on the latest update to Halogen's Raging Debates Forum (http://www.halogensoftware.com/hr-raging-debates/?page_id=217). The forum brings together HR experts including academics, analysts, authors, practitioners and bloggers to provide insight into some the hottest issues in talent management and HR.

The polls were taken after the webcast panelists shared their thoughts on each of the 10 issues debated. For example, although 40 percent of companies admit to using stack ranking, a process that uses ranking to force the organization to separate high from low performers, Josh Bersin, CEO of Bersin and Associates commented, "Ranking will not solve the main problem of assessing and coaching people to improve performance - this is the true goal of management."

Another hot button HR issue, succession planning, was discussed with regards to whether employees should be notified of their place in a succession pool. Kris Dunn, Vice President of People at Daxko, and popular HR blogger at HR Capitalist, advocated the importance of disclosure, saying, "There may be a lot of employee relations issues around disclosing but you have to do it... A big benefit of succession planning is retention, if people know they're on the list."

The Raging Debates webcast poll also addressed the question of who should make decisions on executive compensation and bonuses for companies that were bailed out by government. Libby Sartain, HR Advisor and former CHRO of Yahoo! Inc and Southwest Airlines commented, "Although I am not in favour of government bailing out businesses, once they do, they should be granted oversight."

In addition to Bersin, Dunn and Sartain, thought leader panelists also participating in the webcast included David Creelman, CEO of Creelman Research, Richard Hadden, author of the Contented Cows Leadership books, Lance Haun, Vice President of Outreach at Meritbuilder and HR Blogger at Rehaul, and Edward Lawler, distinguished professor of business, Marshall School of Business at USC.

"A meaningful and valuable discussion has been created around the HR Raging Debates forum, and these poll results help shed light on the HR professional's valuable opinions on these critical topics," said Donna Ronayne, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Halogen Software. "We're very happy to provide the forum for this discussion and will continue to participate in and contribute to this dialogue among HR professionals."

About Halogen Software

Halogen Software is recognized as a market leader by industry analysts and is strongly endorsed by the thousands of HR professionals who use their talent management solutions. The company offers a complete suite of web-based products that automate, simplify and integrate performance appraisals, 360 degree feedback, compensation management, succession planning and learning management. Halogen's offering makes HR best-practices accessible to companies of all sizes and its healthcare, financial services and professional services specific suites meet the unique needs of these industries. Halogen is consistently recognized by the industry and its customers for its exceptional implementation and support services. Halogen was named a leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for employee performance management software in 2009 and has won multiple awards for its corporate leadership and product innovation, including HR Technology Product of the Year. For more information, visit www.halogensoftware.com.

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