Human Capital: Key Findings from a Survey of Public Company Directors

An EY Center for Board Matters study shows that Nearly 70% of directors say their board spends enough time discussing talent strategy and issues, 78% say their board has a strong understanding of current talent and workforce issues, and 66% say their board has the appropriate skill sets and experience to oversee talent strategy in today’s transformative age. Key findings:

There is a discrepancy between directors who view human capital and talent issues as important topics for the board and those who believe these issues are beyond the board’s purview.

Nearly 80% of directors say their board spends more time discussing talent strategy than it did just five years ago, but many boards are not monitoring key talent metrics.

Directors stay current on human capital and talent trends primarily through management briefings; yet, nearly half say the Chief Human Resources Officer (or equivalent) does not regularly report on human capital to the board.

Nearly 85% of directors support investments in employee training and reskilling to secure long-term value benefits even if they may not deliver short-term returns.

Almost half of directors do not think their company’s external reporting communicates the organization’s human capital strategy and the stakeholder outcomes it aims to deliver.

Human Capital: Key Findings from a Survey of Public Company Directors

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