Love Lost Between Business Leaders and HR Leaders
The traditional role of HR within an organisation is often defined as “managing the employees within a company, who collectively contribute to the achievement of the company’s strategic objectives”. It is the individual people who make up an organisation and contribute to its success. HR assists the organisation by attracting new employees, developing the skills required to meet the organisation’s goals, and ultimately creating a loyal and motivated workforce.
It is therefore a concern to learn that a recent study from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), revealed that “44% of business leaders think that HR fail ‘to address the operational issues facing the organisation and 52% think that HR prioritise what matters to HR over wider organisation issues. Just 27% of business leaders believe the HR function helps their organisation to become more flexible and agile, while a large proportion of business leaders have no opinion about HR’s contribution to the business”.
This clearly shows that HR departments need to promote their value to business leaders with facts and figures to re-ignite business leaders’ recognition of their contribution! In today’s less than tolerant business world, it is not enough for an HR department to assume that they are OK because they ‘hire and fire’ the employees that make up the business.