Responsibility, yes — paperwork, no (Editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2001

For HR to play a strategic role in the boardroom, professionals must push some current responsibilities to their corporation’s managers.

Strategic HR encompasses issues surrounding organizational effectiveness, such as guiding change, creating a positive corporate culture and providing a return on the investment in human capital. To play this role effectively, time must be freed up by letting go of some people processes that have come to define HR — responsibilities such as recruitment, retention, orientation and performance appraisals. Line management is taking on greater roles in these areas, but HR must be careful to ensure that responsibilities come with the resources needed to do the job.

One thing managers throughout an organization don’t need is more paperwork.