PR wants a divorce from HR: survey

Communications professionals don’t want to report to HR
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/08/2006

Communications professionals apparently don’t want to be part of the HR department, according to a recent British survey. Of the 100 internal communications professionals polled by the British Association of Communicators in Business, 87 said their function should be a separate discipline from HR.

The debate about where communications belongs has been raging on this side of the Atlantic as well, according to Julie Freeman, president of the International Association of Business Communicators, a San Francisco-based communicators professional network.

“Of our members, the majority feel that it does not belong with HR, but there is still a sizeable percentage that feels that it does belong with HR,” she said.