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More than nine in 10 HR and business leaders see restructuring their organisation as their biggest priority, according to new research by Deloitte.

Forty-three per cent said they are in the process of restructuring, with 49% saying they had already completed it. Just 7% of those surveyed said they had no plans to shake things up.

Anne-Marie Malley, UK human capital leader at Deloitte, said: “The development of technology, the varying expectations and working styles of different generational groups, and the need to cater to the employee in an increasingly competitive labour market, are all dramatically transforming the traditional world of work. After three years of struggling to drive employee engagement and retention, improve leadership, and create an attractive company culture, executives in this year’s survey see a need to redesign the organisation itself. UK organisations are reinventing their internal models to innovate, compete and thrive, but many issues still remain in these areas for the foreseeable future.”

Employee engagement

Deloitte's study also found that a lack of employee engagement is an issue currently facing 80% of HR and business leaders in the UK, with only 36% report that they are prepared to tackle engagement issues.

Despite the emergence of easy to use tools to frequently evaluate employee sentiment, 76% of UK organisations still measure employee engagement only once a year. Forty-two per cent measure this engagement through annual surveys and 20% through interviews and focus groups.

Ms Malley added: “In an ever-competitive labour market, in order to help attract and retain talented employees it is crucial that business and HR leaders focus on enhancing their organisation’s working environment and experience. Whilst UK companies seem to know the issues with employee engagement, they need to step up and do more to address it.”