Human resources by the numbers (Editorial)

Sometimes you just have to go on faith when it comes to the business of people
By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/25/2006

As HR professionals grow into stronger business partners, practitioners will find themselves more and more focused on metrics. To prove value-add and get support for HR initiatives, reporting the numbers the way CEOs and CFOs want them is a business essential.

But some things are easier to put on an accounting ledger than others, and in this respect HR is challenged more than any other department. It’s one thing to cost-out the life expectancy of a machine and calculate the productivity gains of technology, but linking employee workplace contributions to wellness or recognition programs is quite another.

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