How HR professionals can step up to the strategy plate
HR professionals need to be more confident in their ability and clear about their responsibility for proactively impacting key business areas such as
The changing operational nature of HR has been something both practitioners and the profession have grappled with for a long time, and HR leaders need to “stand up and drive transformation and change in
“I think HR leaders need to figure out and be very clear on what their role is in the
“I think HR has come a long way, but it still has got some way to go. So HR really needs to look at what role it is going to play and not delegate responsibility for stuff that’s hard to them.”
Leadership, change capability and strategy
Williams said HR’s role is to develop leadership and change capability in
“We’re actually the people that should own this space. There’s a real tension in the industry about
Over the past five years, he said there
“The HR folks should be all over the strategy and transformation space, not allowing it to be owned by someone else – and then they can provide the people support to enable the strategy,” said Williams.
“It’s a perfect role for the person that best understands the culture and style of the
Educating other business executives
Educating leaders in other parts of the business about expectations of the role HR should play is equally as important, Williams added.
“For example, who does the CEO trust or involve in decision making? Over the past few years, they have tended to revert to the CFO as their key confidant or influencer, especially when they face tougher economic times,” he said.
“I think CEOs need to
Williams likens this shift in
“We need to take the whole HR profession and put it through the same