If HR professionals have their way, Gov. Mitt Romney will beat out President Obama come Election Day.
A survey from HR Morning, a news resource to more than 430,000 HR professionals, found that two-thirds of respondents said a Romney administration would most benefit HR, while just 23 percent said the same about Obama.
“It’s clear that many HR pros aren’t very happy about how the Obama administration has handled workplace issues,” says Tim Gould, HR Morning’s editor-in-chief. “They seem to be feeling additional pressure from increasingly aggressive federal agencies—especially the National Labor Relations Board—and it’s apparent they think a Romney administration would ease some of that pressure.”
When asked what impact the administrations’ policies have had on HR, the majority—66 percent—gave a thumbs down, with 25 percent responding slightly negative and 42 percent largely negative. Just nine percent were either slightly or largely positive about Obama’s policies, while 13 percent were neutral and 2 percent felt no impact.
The major reason for their disenchantment with Obama’s term is likely due their concern regarding the president’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Under health reform, companies with 50 or more workers could be hit with fines if they don't provide basic coverage for full-time workers and their dependents. Some companies have argued that those requirements could significantly hurt their bottom line. Namely retail and restaurant industries have cited this result, as most of their employees don't have health benefits, and many have said they would put more workers on part-time status to work around the requirement.
“No doubt, our survey shows that HR people are more worried about health care reform than any other issue,” Gould says. “They’re unsure about their companies’ ability to continue to offer employee health insurance.”
Nearly nine out of 10 HR professionals indicated that the complying with health reform was one of their most critical issues. That topped staying competitive with pay and benefits at 59 percent, the NLBR with 42 percent, and hiring the best people at 32 percent.
HR Morning conducted its research from October 10-15th 2012, through an emailed survey completed by 1,273 respondents.
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