Is HR Really Viewed as a Strategic Partner?

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Is HR Really Viewed as a Strategic Partner?
Agni Chatterjee, Student (MBA), India, Member
HR is no more considered as a back office, mundane job. It is now believed to form an integral and important part of any company. Right. But how true is that? Did indeed the view of people towards HR really change or is there deep down still a feeling that HR is just an administration job and nothing else?

When I was looking for a job, recruiters asked me: "What are you going to do in HR. There is no growth, It is a job for laid back people, etc etc". These people are themselves HR professionals. Over the last two years of my MBA, all I have studied on HR is that it should be a strategic partner and that companies have started moving their focus on HR big time.

"HR Champions" by Dave Ulrich was considered the bible for us. We always had great and lengthy discussions on how HR is making the corporate world a better place, how it holds a key for sustainability, how people in the organization are assets and not commodities.

I have realized the importanc...Sign up

HR as a Strategic Partner
Malcolm Fleming, Business Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
It is true that the people asset of most businesses is key, and that a high quality HR team has an enormous role to play.
However, I have worked ...Sign up

HR - Integral and Important
Dr Robin C Hesler
HR is vital to an organization. That said, the individuals who work in HR must be properly educated and trained and certified; in other words p...Sign up

Organization Mgmt (aka HR) is one Strategy to Be Managed
Alan Kennedy
I particularly enjoyed your comment, Mr. Chatterjee, that you can link any function and activity with HR. We explain the reason for this in our book, ...Sign up

HR Strategic Partner
Omar Robles, Business Consultant, Guatemala, Member
Yes, HR must be a strategic partner. It is not because people in HR see themselves as a specialist professional. They need to see themselves as a busi...Sign up

HR - Strategic Partner
Ted Garrison, Management Consultant, United States, Member
They should be and need to be strategic partners. If you don't get and keep the right HR people it's hard to accomplish the other strategic goals....Sign up

HR Partner Real Strategic One
gonzalez, Management Consultant, France, Member
In the last 20 years, HR has become a real strategic partner for most companies. Due to several crises and the uncertainties of a consumption society,...Sign up

Engage the HR Team
Sarah Jackson, Director, Hong Kong, Member
Enlightened leadership can help to make the HR role strategic, if the leader for the HR team can engage them to see the value that the organiza...Sign up

To be a Strategic Partner, HR Must Convince Top Management
Matt Waymire, Accountant, United States, Member
Ninety percent of the HR managers I know act as if they are enforcement agents for the government. In addition, I have a found a striking amount of ar...Sign up

HR Needs to be a Strategic Partner
David Wilson, Manager, Canada, SIG Leader
HR needs to be a strategic partner. HR needs to understand the business. This requires an understanding of the business vision, mission, goals and str...Sign up

HR as Strategic Partner
das T.K.M., HR Consultant, India, Member
When competition rules the business environment, people are important to create value to businesses to survive the competition. Hence people managemen...Sign up

HR Needs to Understand the Business
SAMUEL LUZOBE, Consultant, Uganda, Member
I graduated with an MBA in 2001. My specialization was HR. Since then I have been in HR leadership in the nonprofit, the for profit and in consultancy...Sign up

HR Really Viewed as a Strategic Partner
Many people still see the HR from the hole of a needle, viewing HR as a recruiter only.

From my point of view which I share with HR people in...Sign up

HOW to Become a Strategic Partner
Olli Kansanen, HR Consultant, Finland, Member
The key question is HOW to get business understanding and experience. A strategic partner must have a deep understanding of the business in order to c...Sign up

Indian Perspective of Strategic HR Roles
Gandhi Heryanto, Management Consultant, Indonesia, Premium Member
Bhatnagar and Sharma (2005), The Indian Perspective of Strategic HR Roles and Organizational Learning Capability, Int. Journal of HR Management, can a...Sign up

How to Make HR Have Impact?
peter simons, Turnaround Manager, Switzerland, Member
We have organized a key note speaker in Geneva on the HR Forum on Oct 2, at 16:10. More Sign up

The Role of HR in Business
Benjamin Motlhabane, Consultant, South Africa, Member
It is unfortunate that even today many regard HR as just a support function and not as a strategic partner. Perhaps, we the HR professionals are to bl...Sign up

On what Level is HR a Valuable Part of the Organization?
Alex Dail, Management Consultant, United States, Member
Definitely the quality of people hired has a lot to do with the quality of the HR department. In addition, I would look to what is the mission of the ...Sign up

HR More Than Simply Hiring and Firing
Len Matthews, Coach, Australia, Member
To be an effective strategic partner in an organization, HR needs to be more than hiring and firing. HR needs to create pathways for staff to progress...Sign up

Conditions for HR to be a Business Partner
Harry Pramono, Manager, Indonesia, Member
I consider myself to be an experienced HR practitioner. I have worked in HR for various industries for 25 years. Therefore, my opinions are based on m...Sign up

HR as a Srategic Partner
VENKATESH, Manager, India, Member
Yes, HR is supposed to be a strategic partner. When various business strategies including change projects are being implemented, HR should involve its...Sign up

Is HR Really Viewed as Strategic Partner
Feyzal Peeroo, Accountant, Mauritius, Member
Employees are assets of the company. HR should be an assets and risk management manager to increase value of staff and boost performance....Sign up

Strategic Partner? Definitely Yes
Bernhard Keim, Business Consultant, Germany, Premium Member
HR is definitely a strategic partner for the implementation of a strategy. Every strategy has a message that has to be implemented by the people worki...Sign up

HR and Integrated Perspectives
Marcel Wiedenbrugge, Consultant, Netherlands, Member
If we look at organizations from a holistic point of view, a discussion like this would not be necessary. However, people working in HR will obviously...Sign up

HR as Strategic Partner
Leena Bissoonauth, Student (University), Mauritius, Member
The traditional HR must develop to what we call the strategic HR as it puts more attention on the organisational level of the firm to achieve its goal...Sign up

Employees are Assets but not Commodities
Abdul khalique, Manager, Pakistan, Member
Yes, HR should be a strategic partner of any organization. But often this seems to be symbolism. The attitude of the HR department towards employees m...Sign up

What HR People Need to be Considered as Strategic Partner
Jaspal Singh, Manager, India, Member
All that we learn during our MBA academy holds strategic importance in the business. Business is governed by law, needs checking of performance and re...Sign up

HR: a Strategic Partner Without Doubt
CREEMERS LUC, Business Consultant, Belgium, Member
HR can only be strategic if a combination is found between an HR manager willing to learn/act as a strategic partner, and an organisation (CEO) that i...Sign up

HR Strategic Partner?
John Nobel, Management Consultant, Australia, Member
I reckon if you are in the services biz, or in innovation, the right company culture is critical to sustainable competitive advantage. Thus, human cap...Sign up

HR as a Strategic Partner
Donasian Mbonea, HR Consultant, Tanzania, Member
Today's CEO are recognizing the value of HR as a strategic partner. As such a partner, HR people must be knowledgeable on business issues of the compa...Sign up

HR Strategic Partner! Bwah
Derrek Augustine
The fact that we have asked this self-same question for the last twenty years is an indictment of HR practitioners still trying to find their space at...Sign up

HR as an Asset to Every Business
Rodgers Phiri, Entrepreneur, United Kingdom, Member
In my opinion, there is no doubt that apart from financial capital, the first asset a business has is its human resources. In that context, HR automat...Sign up

HR Department is Like Parliament
Nadeem Kamal, Manager, Pakistan, Member
To run any country's affairs, we always have a Parliament, with upper and lower houses, although the constitution and bureaucracy also exist. Just as ...Sign up

Importance of HR to be an Intermediary
Olayemi Jayeola, Manager, Nigeria, Member
In my company, the HR department is very biased and so the other members of staff hate it. The HR here only lean towards the management and don't care...Sign up

Whether HR is a Strategic Partner Depends on Organization
Isioma Obiakpani, Strategy Consultant, Nigeria, Member
I think this really depends on the company in question. For some companies (like mine), the HR team is unfortunately utilized simply for recruitment p...Sign up

Is HR Really Ever Considered as an Asset
Belay Gezahegn, Director, Ethiopia, Member
The problem with HR is that many managers do not discretely know what their financial return on HR is. It is possible to compute Return on Assets excl...Sign up

In Reality HR is Far from Being a Strategic Partner
Roy Rossini, Business Consultant, United States, Member
I agree with the first response from Malcolm. I've been a management consultant for large organizations in both the private and public sectors. HR is ...Sign up

HR Looks After your People who Make your Marketing Mix Effective
Jacob George, Financial Consultant, India, Member
HR is all about using the resources you have more effectively. Your people are the best available tool which is capable of ensuring all other Ps of th...Sign up

HR Will Always Fight Being Viewed as a Secretarial Function
Most managers believe that they know how to manage people and therefore HR is a secretarial function that exists only to carry out the manager's wishe...Sign up

HR Should Partner in the Business Success
shaheed, HR Consultant, India, Member
HR is an important function in the corporate world, but on account of the apathy exhibited by so many HR associates, they have undermined themselves.<...Sign up

HR Like Parliament - Provoking
Len Matthews, Coach, Australia, Member
@Nadeem Kamal: An interesting and provoking thought. How a nation's parliament would improve if it used a HR depart...Sign up

HR Department as Business Partner
Nadeem Kamal, Manager, Pakistan, Member
My earlier remark was not to provoke. It is just an example to highlight the importance of the HR Department in any organization. There are many organ...Sign up

HR can be a Listening Partner
leo paul, Manager, India, Member
HR can be a strategic partner by listening. HR people can easily move along with all departments thus they know the needs of the company. Once you ar...Sign up

HR has to be Empowered as a Strategic Business Partner AND Prove their Worth
francisslobo, Professor, India, Member
While we know that HR should be strategic business partner, the questions that need to be answered are whether the management is willing to empower HR...Sign up

Other Support Functions are Competing for a Seat at the Strategic Table...
Steven Keleman, Ed.D., Management Consultant, United States, Member
Yes, HR must be a strategic partner, but so must other support organizations. Whatever the organization's vision, mission, and strategies, HR, IT, Fin...Sign up

HR Leaders That Leads HR Will Enable Their Organisations
Maggie Mojapelo, Director, South Africa, Member
It is true that HR needs to step up and demonstrate its value. For this to happen, it takes an HR leader who can clarify the value to the business ...Sign up

Who Hires HR Managers?
peter simons, Turnaround Manager, Switzerland, Member
If the current HR managers recruit the future HR managers, there will not be a change.
This is an issue in recruiting anyway, hire people from th...Sign up

STS: Sell Tangible Solutions
Paolo Pozzi, Business Consultant, Italy, Member
Every principle can be a good and logically acceptable idea, such as the statement that HR is key and strategic to business results. As always, what m...Sign up

HR as Hairdressing Administration Structure
edward sevume, Sweden, Member
Human Resources could play a big role in the company besides the prescribed and visible other - that of an administrative support unit. One envisions ...Sign up

HR Strategic Partner
Nadeem Kamal, Manager, Pakistan, Member
These are the facts, but not all the organizations and all the employees are hired like that. But it can't over rule the importance of the HR departme...Sign up

HR Should Be a Strategic Partner
David Wilson, Manager, Canada, SIG Leader
A number of postings in this forum have been highly critical of HR groups. I would hope most people see the glass as being half full as opposed to hal...Sign up

Stay Positive in the Forum, Here is an Idea...
peter simons, Turnaround Manager, Switzerland, Member
@David Wilson: Good idea to stay positive. Here is a positive idea: HR could be the engine for innovation. Innovati...Sign up

HR a Potential for Achieving Company Objectives
edward sevume, Sweden, Member
In discussing the strategic potential of HR in a company, we should not shy away from the scientific platforms "as is" while dwelling on "as should b...Sign up

HR Strategic Partner
Jafeth Quintanilla, Teacher, Peru, Member
Many times I have felt and heard that for a company to excel against its competitors, the staff makes the difference. And it's true, two or more compa...Sign up

HR Strategic Partner
Benjamin Motlhabane, Consultant, South Africa, Member
It seems to me that HR professionals are their own worst enemies. Equally so, organisations that still regard HR as just another cost center do so at ...Sign up

The Truth About HRM
Zahra Djebaili, Student (University), Algeria, Member
Yes Agni, sometimes we study things that do not really exist in the real business world. However, HRM is still a strategic tool that organizations nee...Sign up

HR - David Wilson's Reaction
Dr Robin C Hesler
@David Wilson: I couldn't agree more with your comments David. Well put, especially about the outsourcing. Outsourc...Sign up

To be a Strategic Partner, HR Should Understand the Nature of Business
col n bhatnagar, Management Consultant, India, Member
HR does not exist in isolation. In order to become a strategic partner, it has to first understand the nature of business organisational goals, object...Sign up

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