Five ways for HR to move up to top management

Don’t get left in the administrative ghetto, take the leap into the executive ranks.
By David Bratton
|CHRR, Guide to Management & Executive Development|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Many HR managers feel that they are stuck in middle management levels and are unable to make the transition into senior executive ranks. Instead of advancing their careers, these HR practitioners continue to perform administrative, non-strategic functions for their organizations.

The clerical focus of HR is long out-dated. The best companies to work for ensure they create a strong link between human resources policies and corporate strategies.

Such organizations recognize the sustainable competitive advantage that comes from assembling and retaining employees with a high level of loyalty and commitment. The best companies develop these attitudes by providing staff with: