In a large number of organizations, the HR team is quite a subdued group, with little authority and power. Recently, we came across an article by Jack and Suzy Welch on Linked in. HR should actually be the strongest team.
Here is the article..
So Many Leaders Get This Wrong
We’ve always said that human resources should be the most powerful part of an organization. So why, in reality, is its impact more often felt in a negative way?
Because human resources, unfortunately, often operates as a cloak-and-dagger society or a health-and-happiness sideshow. Those are extremes, of course, but if there is anything we have learned over the past five years of traveling and talking to business groups, it is that HR rarely functions as it should. That’s an outrage, made only more frustrating by the fact that most leaders aren’t scrambling to fix it.
Look, HR should be every company’s “killer app.” What could possibly be more important than who gets hired, developed, promoted, or moved out the door? Business is a game, and as with all games, the team that puts the best people on the field and gets them playing together wins. It’s that simple.
You would never know it, though, to look at the companies today where the CFO reigns supreme and HR is relegated to the background. It just doesn’t make sense. If you owned the Boston Red Sox, for instance, would you hang around with the team accountant or the director of player personnel?
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