The HR department for a long time has been seen as a nonprofit making department and therefore not needed on the C suite. Nevertheless, the HR role today has transformed into a very vital position for an organization’s transformation. To start with, the department handles the most important resource for a company which is talent. We all know that a company cannot function without the talent. Being the major producer, the HR, therefore, manages the company’s top asset and thus deserve a seat at the table.
Think about the HR functions today which range from talent acquisition to succession. Today, the HR is no longer an extension of the admin department but a department that takes care of a lot of processes directly linked to revenue generation. The HR department deals with payroll, talent acquisition, training, remote workforce management, exchange programs and time management for employees among others. In this regard, the HR department is buried in the organization and therefore needs a representative at the table who can communicate directly to the decision-makers on how to shape the company from these angles.
In every company, talent plays a significant role in company transformation, and the HR department takes care of all aspects of talent management. Through their expertise and knowledge of the organization’s requirements, they are able to advise the top management on the best approach in regards to talent acquisition and management.
The HR using their knowledge and skills can determine who’s best suited for which role. In this way, they are able to maximize the output from employees. Furthermore, they can use their knowledge to plan employee succession which is something that many companies give very little thought.
Employee engagement is no doubt an idea that fuels productivity. The HR has exceptional knowledge to advise top management on the best engagement programs available for employees. Furthermore, they can advise the top management in regards to budgeting when it comes to employee engagement. Moreover, they are able to understand the employee’s needs as they are more approachable than the top management. Bridging this gap ensures that the employees are happy and in turn productive.
Company culture means a lot to employees, customers, and various stakeholders. The company culture can determine whether a company will perform or not. The HR department has the skill set and knowledge to develop a good company culture that encourages productivity and open communication. The HR department then works hard to ensure that the company enjoys the fruits that come with good company culture.
The HR department is no longer a representative of the employees to the top management but rather a department that is involved in a lot of the day to day activities. Essentially, the HR understands how the business runs, how it makes profits, the way various projects are handled and how to solve issues among others.
The HR department deals with payment processing, employee disputes, and time management meaning that they work across all departments. In their capacity as human resource managers, they have the skillets and knowledge to bring these departments together. In most cases the HR understands the employees on a personal basis meaning they are able to approach them in the right way without using a one size fits all approach.
HR department is responsible for creating new roles and managing various departments. In this regard, they have the knowledge on why it’s important to have a specific role and various roles that an employee is expected to play in an organization. In short, they create positions in an organization and curate the job description.
A good HR department needs to inform the top management about the long-term goals in regards to various positions in the company. They should also advise as to why a specific position needs to complete various specifications such as education level and professional affiliation among other competencies.
At the end of the day, the HR department cannot be ignored when making decisions. However, a good business person would enjoy having the HR on the seat for them to make informed decisions in regards to human resources.
Written by Frederick Cameron