A new survey revealed that HR duties are increasingly a hindrance to many companies. Organizations waste an average of of 17 hours a week to produce HR reports, according to research by SuccessFactors. That means 850 hours a year, rather than be applied toward productive duties, are lost to organizational employee duties.

The reason is partly due to an increasing demand for workforce metrics. More supervisors and managers want to see data that measures the success or failure of HR initiatives. Seventy-two percent of respondents in the survey indicated that such reports have become more common in the last five years.

But despite the surge of interest, only 22 percent of respondents said they were "very effective" with workforce analytics. Companies could be making employees responsible for HR reports who are not trained for the job. Such firms would benefit from HR outsourcing services. Rather than worry about tackling HR measures in-house, companies can hire outside HR professionals. Such services could be especially helpful to companies with an international reach. The survey indicated that having an HR department located in a different country was a major challenge for organizations.

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