Is HR responsible for career management? (Toughest HR Question)

Employee engagement among benefits in helping individuals navigate their careers
By Brian Kreissl
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/14/2013

Question: Should HR help employees plan and manage their careers?

Answer: It definitely can benefit an organization to have HR help manage employees’ careers on their behalf — at least to a certain extent. However, depending on the organization, there are usually limits to the type of assistance that can and should be provided. And the prevailing thinking is much of the responsibility for career management should rest with individuals themselves.

While HR professionals and career counsellors may be seen as playing on opposite sides — and career management often takes a different perspective from that of HR — if any type of career counselling is provided at an organization, the most logical place for it to reside is within HR.