Isn’t it interesting how the world of human resources has evolved? HR, or should I say Personnel, used to be considered the “party planners” and “paper pushers” of the organization. My, oh my, how the times have changed!
The fact of the matter is Human Resource Professionals have to be a virtual “jack-of-all trades.” Not only must we have an understanding of areas specific to the industry such as federal, state and local laws, benefits and best practices relating to compensation, safety, recruiting and performance management, HR is just as often the resident psychologist, cheerleader and “bad cop.”
Although we know this is true, one of the biggest challenges that HR professionals still face today is how to showcase our role as a strategic business partner. I’ve heard from many different colleagues that their company doesn’t respect the HR profession and simply views it as a “necessary evil.”
My question to you is, “What have you done to change their perception?”
In order to be a corporate player, HR must continue (or begin) to demonstrate the value we provide to the organization. Of paramount importance is truly understanding the business and financial operations of the company and transitioning from “HR-Speak” to “corporate language.” HR professionals must bring innovative ideas into the business and learn how to sell those ideas within the context of business operations.
Focusing on the strategic versus administrative side of the profession will not only help your company recognize the value of their human capital but will also help secure your seat at the table.
Submitted by Dawn Karrer, PHR; Human Resources Consultant, IntegrityHR, Inc.
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