Raise HR’s stature by raising the bar for qualification

HR people are well-educated and highly skilled, but they suffer from low professional self-esteem
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/28/2005

If HR professionals hope to get the respect they seek, they may need to set more rigorous controls for who can work in human resources, says a leading HR academic and author of a new report on the profession.

HR people are well-educated and highly skilled, but they suffer from low professional self-esteem, said Lisbeth Claus, associate professor of global HR at Williamette University in Oregon, and author of

The Maturing Profession of Human Resources: Worldwide and Regional View