Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Here We Go Again...More Haters on HR

I get so tired of reading one-sided, non-researched articles on "why so-and -so hates HR." I have heard why Fast Company hates HR. I have heard why CFO's hate HR. And now, we have a new blog post on why 5 CEO's hate HR. (You must read this).

Here is the deal.

Yes, we as a profession have been slow to embrace some very important concepts like, I don't know...business acumen, metrics and strategic alignment. I get that, I do.

However, I feel we have come a long way...baby from that first Fast Company article that depicted HR as picnic-loving-administrators.

I teach HR, I consult on HR, I am President Elect for one of the biggest SHRM Chapters in this country. I was not born an HR person...I just wound up here. So, my point is..I know this profession and I see progress.

I see HR professionals that are getting it done and making changes. Here are a few examples:

1) I see HR Directors and higher getting involved in organizational strategic discussion and then linking their own strategy to it.

2) I see HR leaders either getting metrics savvy or hiring that competency as the business is demanding that.

3) I see talent management being the priority for HR leaders

4) I see HR leaders embracing technology, even in the cloud way more than 10 years ago.

5) I see HR leaders getting MBA's and other degrees to gain credibility and business acumen.

6) I see colleges and universities adding statistical and financial classes to their HR curriculum.

7) I see, everyday young HR leaders that have a different mindset when it comes to HR. Check out Ben Eubanks, Teela Jackson, and many others that don't have the damn "Seat at the Table" baggage strapped to their back.

As you can see I am a little fired up on this subject. I believe as I have said many times, HR YOUR A ROCKSTAR!

Do we have a LONG way to go, yes? But are we listening to the demands of our CEO's and business leaders...yes. I believe this recession has been a good thing for HR. It has forced HR to be more effective.

I think I will go and research why CEO's love HR now....

UPDATE: This blog post from the HR Bartender was just brought to my attention...excellent as well on "Stop Bashing HR."

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