The increased concern about healthcare reform is likely related to the upcoming implementation of the health insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act, said Rebecca McNeil, senior marketing manager at HealthcareSource.
"It's significant that healthcare reform saw a big jump on the survey, particularly with senior leaders," said McNeil
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Compared to last year's survey data, 10 percent more of the survey respondents claim that they are planning for the effects of healthcare reform in an attempt to reduce costs, said McNeil
The highest responses of those who believe preparing for healthcare reform is a top HR initiative to reduce costs comes from C-level
executives at 80 percent, followed by 64 percent of directors and managers, and 56 percent of individual contributors, such as HR generalists.
Recruiters didn't seem to think the effects of healthcare reform should be a top initiative in reducing costs, but that could be because they're focus is on hiring for excellence rather than watching the budget, she
To achieve their HR initiatives, HR professionals and senior leaders are looking toward technology.
Thirty-eight percent said they were thinking of adopting learning management systems and e-Learning content and 29 percent said they are planning within the next year to implement performance management software.
"With healthcare reform, those making decisions in HR need to make sure all of our processes are lean and efficient since it will actually count towards our bottom line and revenue.
This all lends itself to becoming a more efficient organization as a whole," said McNeil