Those who would call HR a fad (editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/16/2001

While saying it doesn’t make it so, more and more value is being placed on the notion of strategic HR. Senior executives are beginning to expound upon the advantages of having the head of HR join the senior team — if only they could find someone qualified.

Human resources associations and academics will agree the climate exists for a movement of the profession into the upper ranks — those who play this role today are certainly in the minority — and are working to develop practitioners able to meet this need.

Strategic HR is the end of an evolutionary process that began with administrative tasks carried out by a personnel department and has grown into the application of management and organizational effectiveness practices that improve productivity and the bottom line. The ongoing skills shortage is certainly one reason HR is getting the opportunity to prove itself by showing the department can add value to corporate operations.