Should HR Be Split Up?

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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Should HR Be Split Up?

Business speaker Ram Charan (2014) argues that most Chief Human Resources Officers (CHROs) are process-oriented generalists and their expertise is in personnel benefits, compensation and labor relations. They are focused on internal matters such as engagement, empowerment and managing cultural issues.
Charam believes CEOs would like to see their CHROs to act as a sounding board and trusted partner and have their expertise in linking people and numbers to analyze strengths and weaknesses in the organization, in finding the right fit between staff members and jobs, and in talent management strategy.
Charan proposes to split the CHRO function into 2: An administrative one (reporting to the CFO) and a new CHRO function that focuses on leadership and organization issues and reports to the CEO.

Do you think splitting up the HR function is a good idea? If so, for what kind of companies and in what circumstances? Do you think that splitting HR up in this way (one officer for tactical and operational HR issues, and one for strategic HR issues) is the best choice?
Source: Charan, Ram "It's Time to Split HR" HBR July-August 2014, pp. 34

  David Wilson
Manager, Canada
 

Splitting HR Into Separate Groups

Hi Jaap: I have seen some organizations split thei (...)

  Mike Fosu
Management Consultant, Ghana
 

Should HR Be Split

Hi Jaap, I do not think the HR function should be (...)

  Florence Ansu-Amponsah
Manager, Ghana
 

Should HR Be Split Up

No. Not at all. HR, like Accounting, has a lot of (...)

  Minda Gelay
Manager, Ethiopia
 

Can we Split HR Into Separate Groups?

How can we split HR functions? I think the HR func (...)

  kiran pandit
Manager, Nepal
 

Yes, It Can Be Done But

I think the administrative functions related to co (...)

  Karl-Heinz Sternberg
Director, Germany
 

On Should the HR Function Be Splitted

Having the Human Resources Business Partners in pl (...)

  Dr. Alan Williams
Professor, Thailand
 

Don't Split the HR Function

I agree they should stay together. I also agree th (...)

  Zahra Djebaili
Student (University), Algeria
 

Don't Split the HR Function

I am agree with @David Wilson... I think that the (...)

  Febrianto
 

There is no Point

I know that Charan is just proposing an outline to (...)

  Dr. Alan Williams
Professor, Thailand
 

Outsourcing HR / Payroll to Finance Department

@kiran pandit: One further point. If the finance d (...)

  Anamika Choudhury
Consultant, United Arab Emirates
 

Who should Deal with Compensation and Benefits: HR or Finance?

Thank you Jaap for bringing this up. I firmly beli (...)

  Silvy Chahal
HR Consultant, India
 

HR Partnership with Hi-Po Talent

The problem shared by Ram Charan is absolutely val (...)

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