HR is an evolving profession, and one that’s
changing in tune with the economic and business
landscape, proactively strengthening its future.
These changes are not only being seen in terms
of policies and procedures - which have been
shaken up in recent times (see top five post-GFC
recruitment tips on page 9) - but also in the makeup
of what makes a “typical” HR industry leader.
A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, reveals, for example, that while
talent management is currently the most commonly
found skill of top HR bosses in the US, employee
survey experience is becoming far more prominent.
And it’s not just the skills of HR practitioners that
are changing. According to the research, HR chiefs
are also getting younger in comparison to the rest of
the boardroom. “Wonderful news!” I hear you cry.
But on a practical level, this revelation suggests that
more years of experience are being crammed into
Fortunately, there are plenty of higher education
options to help – particularly the numerous MBA
options available to practitioners.
In the cover story of HR Leader’s last issue, which takes an in-depth look
into MBAs, we help HR professionals get it right the
first time when selecting a course to suit their needs
Of course, learning is by no means a
replacement for solid, practical experience. But
there is no room for complacency in HR if the
profession wants to secure its place at the top table
in organisations, and the more forward-thinking and
credible its practitioners become, the more influence
it will seize.
Editorial note, HR Leader magazine, Issue 199