Who: Sharon Armstrong, co-author of The Essential HR Handbook
Headline: What will be the biggest challenges facing HR departments in 2009?
Article by: Sources Say
Publication: Washington Business Journal
Washington Business Journal, November 21, 2008 — What are the biggest challenges facing human resources departments in 2009? The Washington Business Journal asked five HR experts, including Sharon Armstrong, owner of Sharon Armstrong & Associates.
“Three things come to mind. One is helping people recession-proof their lives. With the recent instability of the economy, how HR can be proactive in giving them information and resources in a non-alarming way? Another challenge is the rising cost of health benefits. A lot of my clients are grappling with this. It’s very upsetting for folks and it’s up to human resources officials to find the best way for employees and companies to deal with that. The third thing that will be critical for 2009 is retention. HR managers have to be concerned not only with recruiting, but keeping good people. This is a problem every year, of course, but in 2009 it will be a major concern.”
About Sharon Armstrong
Sharon Armstrong began her career in human resources in 1985 as a recruiter/trainer in a large Manhattan law firm. Since launching her own consulting business in 2000, she has provided training and completed HR projects for hundreds of clients. Sharon is the author of two HR books: The Essential HR Handbook, published in 2008; Stress-free Performance Appraisals, which she co-wrote in 2003 with Madelyn Appelbaum.