Here’s What Concerns HR and Talent Managers the Most

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Editor’s Note: We feature posts from Mark Toth, chief legal officer for Manpower North America, here on TLNT. He recently asked readers to his Manpower Employment Blawg to send in their No. 1 work concern, and the responses were such that we decided to list them here.

In preparation for my most recent webinar, we asked you: What ONE thing concerns you most about the world of work right now?

We got a whopping 772 answers, many of them brimming with angst and emotion. Here’s basically what you said:

Compliance, and other workplace concerns

Compliance was one BIG area of concern. Here are some of the concerns you expressed:

  • Increasing compliance complexity with decreasing resources.
  • Staying up-to-speed when the law changes every 15 seconds.
  • Navigating the ADA, FMLA and WC maze.
  • FLSA misclassification issues: one error can = big $$$.
  • Background screening and the EEOC.
  • Retaliation claims popping up everywhere.
  • Increasing diversity without increasing reverse discrimination claims.
  • OFCCP proposed rules scare me.
  • New privacy rules: 500 pages???
  • NLRB = pit bulls.
  • Drugs in the workplace: Will employers soon have to provide bong rooms?
  • Social media :(  HELP!!!
  • Possible impacts of new laws and regs that we haven’t heard of yet.

Deeper issues that trouble you

Some of your concerns went much deeeeeper, to the very fabric of the workplace if not society as a whole. A representative sampling:

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  • Historically humongous levels of stress at all levels.
  • Lack of respect and trust pervading the workplace.
  • The looming specter of mass RIFs on the horizon.
  • The growing gap between top exec and other employee pay.
  • Rising entitlement and slackerishness.
  • Growing lack of ethics (especially at the top).
  • Finding qualified candidates.
  • Keeping talented employees engaged in unstable times.
  • The aging of the workforce.
  • Keeping employees safe in an increasingly violent world.
  • Maintaining work-life balance in an out-of-whack world.
  • A government incapable of setting aside petty partisan bickering to get anything done.

Thanks so much for expressing yourselves.

This was originally published on Manpower Group’s Employment Blawg.

Mark Toth has served as Manpower Group North America's Chief Legal Officer since 2000. He also serves on the company’s Global Leadership Team, Global Legal Lead Team and North American Lead Team. Mark is recognized as an expert on legal issues affecting the U.S. workplace and is frequently quoted in media from The Wall Street Journal to 60 Minutes. He is also a past Chair of the American Staffing Association and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Contact him at


2 Comments on “Here’s What Concerns HR and Talent Managers the Most

  1. So people really are that shallow huh? tough to see it in such black and white terms. Talking about “partisan bickering” and “over regulation (and enforcement)” as “deep” issues is laughable as it shows that the person describing these issues is pathologically uninterested in things that effect them at work as well as in life generally.
    Oh, and the drug issue also shows a complete misunderstanding of drug abuse and its effects on the workforce (and country at-large. For example, ask anyone in an entry level job how many times they have been drug tested in the past 6 months. Then ask a few supervisors (or better yet c-level executives). Note the results and then plot them on a graph. Then trace the big “L” with you using forefinger and thumb. cover the “Worker” line with your index finger, and the “management” line with your thumb. Then run to the closest mirror stare at yourself and put the back of your hand (in the same position ) up against your forehead and say “I’m a big “L” loser for assuming that the lowly peon workers consume drugs at a higher level than management,” because they don’t. But they are retaliated against with strength and vigor that is ten-fold and punishment that is even more aggressive.

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