A lack of confidence clouds HR’s judgement

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. A survey of senior HR professionals by the profession itself is something wevery rarely see. The results should be taken seriously. Unveiled then debated at the HR Forum on board The Aurora, the survey paintsa sorry picture of a profession feeling bad about its own image, of a functionconfused about its real role and worth, and out on a limb from the hub of theorganisations in which it operates. HR believes it lacks glamour, that its seen as reactive and the bringer ofbad news. Crucially, it thinks it is seen as a cost centre that adds little orno value. The list of self-criticism and the lack of self-confidence is staggering. Butwhat’s changed over the last 10 years or so? Way back when, people were sayingexactly the same thing, bemoaning that HR was seldom represented on the board,that few took it seriously. It’s time for radical change. HR had better define its own turf right now,or someone else will step in and do it for you, like the finance or marketingdepartments. Spruce up, quit navel-gazing and take the type of action that will changethe negatives. As Charles Darwin once said: “The species that survivedwere not the most intelligent, they were the most adaptable to change.” If ever there was a case for a change management programme and to walk thewalk, it is in HR right now. Company chief executives and organisations’ boardsdon’t want to know about scientific processes and route mapping, couched interms only understood by HR. Instead they want to know how HR is going to helpdeliver the organisation’s big picture, how it’s going to power theorganisation with talent, how its going to help build know-how and knowledge,and how it will adeptly match investment with cost control. Change expert Larry Hochman put it in a nutshell when he addressed thePersonnel Today HR Directors’ Club on precisely this issue in London lastweek.   He said that standing still wasa terminal illness. “The most pertinent question you can ask yourself now is ‘what ideas doI need to target to move forward with my business?’ Concentrate on a handful ofthings that are important to your business and linked to the bottom line. Andbecome free of denial and nostalgia. They hold you back.” Exactly. GOTO www.personneltoday.com/goto/23703this week for the full story on how prepared HR is for the Information andConsultation Directive By Penny Wilson, deputy editor A lack of confidence clouds HR’s judgementOn 18 May 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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