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Human Resource Objectives

AS, A-Level, IB, BTEC National
AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB, Eduqas, WJEC

Last updated 21 Mar 2021

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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