The door is open, but will HR walk through it? (Guest commentary)

The profession has the chance to soar above its humble beginnings
By Pierre Robitaille and Malcolm Gabriel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/16/2006

For the most part, HR professionals are still perceived as second-class corporate citizens, despite efforts to accompany their proposals with the all important return-on-investment calculations. But there’s an opportunity looming for HR to rise above its humble beginnings.

That’s because the way in which the HR function will evolve in Canada will be significantly influenced by trends in global trade, technology convergence and innovation.

Using the economic argument of comparative advantage, developed economies like Canada should specialize in capital-intensive products requiring high levels of skill and capability, whereas emerging economies with low-skilled workers should specialize in low-tech products so they both leverage their advantages.