New SilkRoad research examines top worries of HR professionals

CHICAGO – October 25, 2016 – SilkRoad (, a global leader in talent activation solutions, today announced its fourth-annual ‘What Keeps HR Up At Night?’ report. Based on responses from 728 HR professionals, the report examines perspectives, challenges and concerns of HR professionals and reveals the top nightmares in many HR functions including talent management and retention.

What Scares HR Leaders Most: Report Highlights

  • 33% of HR professionals are concerned with connecting employees to company goals, and 51% report anxiety toward motivating employees about company goals; yet 56% have no annual process that links experience to goals
  • HR technology doesn’t address the complete needs of HR pros; 39% use disconnected systems and data; 37% lack data and analytics capabilities to gain a “big picture” of company talent; 35% still manually compile data for reports and key metrics
  • Many HR pros expressed concern related to creating experiences and programs that engage employees across several HR specialties, including learning (57%) and performance management (46%)

“Employees crave a clear understanding of how their role and efforts impact business outcomes and the bottom line; this report shows that HR pros want to offer that kind of insight but lack the ability to do so,” said Jimmy Hodson, product marketing manager at SilkRoad. “As businesses move from talent management to talent activation to drive better outcomes, HR pros need the necessary tools to effectively transform employee engagement into a measurable continuum of experiences. Without the right pieces in place, HR pros will continue to face sleepless nights while perpetuating the HR silo.”

Visit to download the report, which includes the top concerns of HR professionals, the most common worries about employee experiences and a flurry of other HR concerns spurring sleepless nights for a wide range of organizations.

SilkRoad conducted the “What Keeps HR Up at Night” survey using an online survey instrument (SurveyMonkey) in late summer 2016. Findings were compiled and aggregated by a third-party agency. 728 professionals responded, including chief human resource officers (CHROs), VPs, directors, managers, recruiters and organizational development professionals. 53% of respondents have more than ten years of HR experience.

About SilkRoad
SilkRoad, the world’s leader in Talent Activation, transforms traditional talent management and employee engagement technology into a continuum of experiences for activating employees along their journeys—from first touch to last. SilkRoad empowers HR teams to engage their people in delivering on business success. SilkRoad customers want to source, hire and recruit top talent, onboard them fast and assist them in their development into top performers. For more information, visit, follow on Twitter @SilkRoadTweets or call 866–329–3363 (U.S. toll free) or +1–312–574–3700.


Kraig Smith