Waggl Releases New Data Indicating that Only One Third of Business and HR Leaders Feel Their Current Training Programs are Meeting Their Development Needs

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“Voice of the Workplace” Pulse Shows that Attracting Top Talent and Improving Employee Engagement are the Top Priorities for 2017

Waggl released new data about the priorities of HR and business leaders in 2017

Waggl Voice of the Workplace Pulse

"There appears to be a huge need for better training, with 34% of the participants saying that their current programs don’t meet their development needs," said Michael Papay, CEO, Waggl.

Waggl, a technology platform that surfaces and distills real-time insights from groups of people, today released new data about the priorities of HR and business leaders in 2017.

In Waggl’s newest “Voice of the Workplace” pulse survey, conducted with hundreds of business and HR leaders from August-October 2016, only thirty-four percent said that their current training programs are meeting development needs. By way of contrast, eighty-nine percent of the participants responded that they are taking active steps to improve employee engagement and eighty-six percent said that they could be doing more to attract top talent. Fifty-four percent of the respondents said that they effectively execute on their strategic goals and plans.

Waggl also asked participants, “Where are you going to be focusing your people and talent budget in 2017?” and distilled their crowdsourced responses into a ranked list. The most common themes from the responses were:

  • Adopting new initiatives faster and more effectively
  • Making sure everyone feels informed through better 2-way internal communication
  • Discovering and resolving problems areas quicker
  • Improving execution through better prioritization
  • Increasing transparency
  • Talent development

“These results clearly illustrate that that hiring, retention, and communication are top of mind for HR and business leaders right now,” said Michael Papay, CEO, Waggl. “However, there also appears to be a huge need for better training, with 34% of the participants saying that their current programs don’t meet their development needs. Of course, all of all these areas of focus are interdependent. Recruiting may be the hot button right now, but once the talent is secured, engagement and training are essential to building the type of team culture that can effectively execute on strategic goals – especially in our current business climate, which is rife with constant change and disruption.”

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