The Strategic HR Department

Strategic HR

By Geary Rummler and Alan Brache

We believe that an organization gets the HR function it deserves and an HR function gets the status it deserves. If HR is perceived as a “necessary evil,” it has earned that label through its failure to play a strategic role in the organization. The best route to a mainstream role is through a series of steps which HR initiates. The HR function that is waiting to be assigned strategic responsibilities should find comfortable chairs and some good magazines.

THE HUMAN RESOURCES FUNCTION AS A CORNERSTONE OF STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION

We have found that HR can establish a strategic role if its staff members...

Learn the business. HR employees should devote time to understanding their organization’s strategy, the actions being taken to implement the strategy, and the work processes which drive the business.Link HR activities to the organization strategy and business plan. Every HR responsibility can and should be a critical component in strategy implementation...