We continue to move from one crisis to another with organizations reacting to unfolding events.
Instead, they must learn the lessons of the pandemic, strengthen risk management foundations by being more deliberate, comprehensive and innovative in anticipating emerging and longstanding risks.
Critical to this is building on the trust established between risk and human resource functions so they work together to protect employees and mitigate people risks linked to health and safety, ESG and the future of work.
The pandemic pushed the health and safety of employees and society as a whole to the fore. As a result, more than eight out of ten (85%) HR and Risk professionals in Malaysia rate health and safety people risks as a serious threat to the business.
Administering employee benefits, retirement plans, and compensation is becoming increasingly complex. Regulation ranging from new compensation disclosure requirements, ongoing anxiety over equipping individuals to make the right financial decisions and evolving employment and benefits legislation contribute to making this the fourth highest rated people risk.
Cybersecurity and digital skills should go hand-in-hand as nearly every cyber or data breach can be attributed to human error, one in four organizations are not dealing with the risk of skills obsolescence.
The way sensitive employee data is used in benefit plans continues to be an area of data exposure as more people join new companies as part of “the great resignation”. At the same time, the accelerated pace of digital transformation is changing the relationship between people and machines.
The war for talent, especially digital skills, means organizations across different industries are competing for the same high performers. There is an urgent need to recruit the new skills required to drive transformation, as well as retain and motivate existing talent. However, only 31% have a competitive employee proposition including reward practices.
Environmental and social risks now make up three out of the top ten people risks but are perceived to matter more to employees than the C-suite.
Organizations are feeling pressure from customers, investors, employees and regulators to ensure profit does not come at the expense of society or the planet. Employees also want to work for socially responsible employers with good ESG credential. However, only 38% currently have clear policies to reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint and negative impact on climate change, and only 37% have policies to ensure a minimum standard of employee benefits for all employees regardless of level, location or role.
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We surveyed 2,594 HR and Risk professionals in 25 countries, including 626 in Asia to capture attitudes towards the greatest people risks facing organizations and the challenges mitigating these risks.