Wednesday, 23 January 2008

HR in the age of Talent

Interesting research out from the Human Capital Institute / Vurv. This was conducted last Autumn and I know its been presented before now, but I've just caught it for the first time on one of HCI's webinars (or HC-TV apparently).
Quick summary: HR's getting there. But we can still do more to build our expertise, enhance innovation, and most importantly, further develop our credibility.
The first of these two pie charts shows the proportion of HR functions which think they are strategic (66% - the pink and purple segments). The second presents non-HR respondents' answers to the same question. Just 36% of these think HR is strategic.
So, expertise, innovation, credibility... There's obviously not enough HR people reading this blog! Or catching the latest HCI webinar for that matter.
One thing I don't think is going to raise HR's credibility is SHRM's new ad for the profession. What do you think?


  1. Their graphics are OK. What we need to do is to be strategic ourselves - to build alliances with people who think the same way (not necessarily in HR), to develop critical mass.

    You've prompted me to dig up the link to Martin Seligman's plans to develop positive psychology - which he has undoubtedly achieved. Here it is

  2. HR will always be bashed until the profession attracts people who are involved in the business and can talk business to the other disciplines in the organization. Too many HR folks are locked in an administrative role and have a mentality of the school marm who slaps hands and mets out discipline when the rules are not followed. HR people need to be possibility thinkers and strategically focused. unfortunately the majority are not. They continue to quote policy, chapter and verse and act as barriers to progress.


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