Survey: 72% of HR Professionals Say Lack of Automation Hinders Business Success

New SilkRoad Research, The State of Talent Management, Identifies Trends

Power Up Your Organization with These Talent Management Stats! (Graphic: Business Wire)

CHICAGO--()--SilkRoad, a leading global provider of cloud-based talent management solutions, released a new TalentTalk Report and infographic depicting a lack of automation of talent management functions still hinders business success for 72% of respondents. Based survey responses from nearly 1,000 HR professionals, SilkRoad’s 2015 State of Talent Management Report, Powering Up Talent Management for Business Performance: A Close Look at Progress and Trends, suggests talent management technology, employee engagement and retention, and HR strategy to help HR professionals charge up their organizations for the year ahead. A webinar providing context and a discussion of the results will be held January 28 (2 pm Eastern).

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“Our annual State of Talent Management report is a key piece of research for SilkRoad,” said John Shackleton, President and CEO of SilkRoad. “The findings in this report show a continued focus on leveraging technology in all aspects of Talent Management can provide HR professionals with new ideas and insights to improve their success.”

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Report Highlights

  • Only 28% of respondents are fully automated for HR functions including, 8% still drown in paper and manual processes.
  • Engagement and retention remains a looming concern for HR professionals and will continue to be a top area of interest in 2015.
  • Integrating HR systems and data is at the top of the to-do list for many companies.
  • Year-over-year survey results show increases in professionals’ concerns about being more strategic and having a “place at the table” in business decision-making about their organizations.
  • An intuitive user interface is a “Deal Maker” in Talent Management Software.

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Powering Up Talent Management for Business Performance draws on the results of four surveys: Talent Management Technology, HR Strategy, What Keeps HR Up at Night?, and the Human Resource Management System. These surveys were conducted May through November 2014 with results collected online using Web-based survey tools and targeting Talent Management professionals, including Human Resources and Learning and Development. 961 professionals responded. 53% of respondents worked in companies of more than 500 employees. Respondents’ titles ranged from Chief Human Resource Officer, Vice President, Director, and Manager of Human Resources, to Global Head of HR Quality, Director of Learning and Development, Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition, and more. An experienced group, 58% of respondents had more than 10 years of experience in the industry as talent management professionals.

About SilkRoad

SilkRoad is a leading global provider of cloud-based, end-to-end talent management solutions that enable customers to find, attract, develop, and retain the best talent. The award-winning SilkRoad Life Suite includes Talent Acquisition, Talent Development, and HRMS solutions that are delivered through a tablet-friendly Talent Portal. The suite is easy to deploy and use – a single platform to rapidly boost employee engagement and business performance. Visit, follow on Twitter @SilkRoadTweets or call 866-329-3363 (U.S. toll free) or +1-312-574-3700.


Ryan Rivera, 312.300.4420

Release Summary

SilkRoad releases 2015 State of Talent Management report, covering topics such as technology, employee engagement and retention, HR strategy, and much more. Also announce webinar and infographic.


Ryan Rivera, 312.300.4420