HR is at the table: CEOs

But stronger business acumen still needed from profession
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/05/2011

While many HR professionals might feel they don’t have or deserve a seat at the executive table, that’s not the view of many top executives, according to a report by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions based on interviews with 20 Canadian CEOs.

Human resources is considered vital to the business in managing workforce levels and putting the best talent in the right roles, especially in knowledge-based sectors, said Bill Greenhalgh, president of HRPA, speaking at an event for the report, The Role and Future of HR: The CEO’s Perspective. But, for some reason, there’s a strong disconnect — CEOs need strong leaders in HR while HR doesn’t feel valued by the C-suite.

“I’ve always found this urban myth very mystifying,” he said.