Other executives may ask this same question that is closely related to the question of achieving the overall business objectives of profit-making organizations.
When you go through newspapers or watch the news on television's business channels, you will note that HR-related issues are often mentioned.
CEOs and or Chairmen of companies are often interviewed. Chief Financial Officers are sometimes asked to air their opinion. But other senior executives are rarely seen or heard. This includes senior HR Executives. Don't these other executives play some role in the business operations of organizations? Don't these other executives contribute to success of organizations?
You may realize that CEOs also play important aspects of the HR functions. In this way, you can say that top management may either enhance HR role in business plans or they hinder or prevent its participation.
Many articles, much discussions or conversations relate to effectiveness of CEOs' leadership styles, appointment of certain personalities as CEOs of very large corporations, CEOs who fell from grace, and so on.
Determine how HR can truly play an effective and meaningful role in your organization. Find the answers to important HR questions such as:
How can HR people contribute to the development of the organization's business plan?
What role can HR play in the accomplishment of the overall objectives?
Is HR capable of identifying the business objectives of senior managers business objectives? How? What next step to take?
Is HR in the business of managing human capital as important people assets?
Look for all possible answers. Seek help from experts to seek solutions. Choose the best ideas and options.
What Does HR Produce or Sell?
Some say that the HR department does not produce or sell anything. This questions HR role in business activities and whether it helps organizations move closer to achieving their business objectives.
But is it true that HR has nothing of value to offer?
The HR department is expected to achieve higher productivity in terms of contribution to the productivity of the organization.
To do this, HR people need to familiarize themselves with the business and the business plan of the organization, the people who are carrying the different tasks and how they are performing these in real time.
Of particular importance are people whose jobs are closely connected to the generation of revenue for the organization.
HR People As Business Leaders
Alan Price (HR and that elusive strategic role, 1 May 2008) says that "HR needs to keep moving itself forward, toward the strategic partner role, by becoming better profit-and-loss business leaders."
As organizations move more and more into the 21st century, they may and will face new challenges that may have the potential effects of reducing them to nothingness. In spite of so called business or economic cycles, the future is never very certain.
HR need to "move with the punch" and come back stronger than before. Creativity and innovative ideas will help HR survive and become accepted more and more as "business strategic partner."
HR people can help make the HR role in business operations of organizations more apparent, effective and strategic.