Among the workforce, there’s an ongoing war for talent. But, is the problem a lack of qualified candidates or a lack of appropriate resources and respect given to HR professionals? The answer is the latter.
Did you know that most HR professionals don’t report to a CEO? Did you also know that most HR professionals operate with little to no budget? It doesn’t seem possible does it, but this is all true. Most CEOs say that human capital is one of their toughest challenges. That’s why HR professionals are the true hands to CEOs. However, HR is often at the bottom of the list when it comes to function and priority within a company, despite the intense war for talent and challenges that come with hiring and retention. So, how can we reconcile this discrepancy?
The chief human resources officer is one of the most essential and strategic roles for any company and is the executive hand to the CEO. They are the true power behind an organization’s leadership and overall ability to function and succeed. They are the ones who influence smart decisions, and without them, it’s nearly impossible to have access to the best insight into your employees or work culture. It’s even harder to bring in the necessary talent that you need to succeed without their vision and guidance.
When you hire a chief human resources officer, you hire your right hand and essentially the driving force behind your company. A great HR professional will take risks when values are compromised and turnover is high; they find and call out the issues as seen and take action. They make strategic decisions for the betterment of the company based on the integrity of the values, mission and people within a business to encourage and advance culture, output and goal orientation.
It is for all of these reasons and more that your HR leaders need support. Any hindrance to them is a hindrance to your company as a whole, as you’re only as good as the people who work so hard to create your brand.