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Human Resource Objectives

  • Levels: AS, A Level, IB, BTEC Level 3
  • Exam boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB, Eduqas, WJEC

Human resource management is complex and so too is setting suitable human resources objectives.

Six key categories of human resource objectives are:

Employee engagement and involvement

Objectives might focus on:

  • Maximise reported levels of engagement
  • Extent of satisfactorily completed appraisals

Talent development

Objectives might focus on:

  • Investment (level) in employees training
  • Staff retention rates
  • Percentage of job vacancies filled by internal candidates


Objectives might focus on:

  • Spend in total and per employee on training
  • Measures of training effectiveness


Objectives might focus on:

  • Diversity in senior management positions (gender, experience, ethnicity etc)
  • Diversity in external recruitment (gender, ethnicity etc)

Alignment of values

Objectives might focus on:

  • Recruitment & induction training; extent focused on core values
  • Employee awareness of core values

Number, skills and location of employees

Objectives might focus on:

  • Labour turnover
  • Staff retention
  • Recruitment targets
  • Training budgets
  • Extent of skills gaps in the workforce

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