Now, I would love to take credit for both of these questions, however, all credit in this scenario has to go to Trevor Gibson from People Risk Ltd.
At a recent networking event of ours he cunningly delegated all responsibility for doing any of the work and instead got everyone else to do it for him. BRILLIANT! (and I will definitely be stealing this idea the next time I’m asked to do a talk).
Both of these questions stirred up an interesting and lively debate. For me the biggest surprise was that there was no consistency…
Imagine that. A group of 20 senior HR professionals couldn’t cohesively answer the questions – what is HR for? What does HR do?
Interesting stuff and while this isn’t confined to this group, it is something that affects the discipline as a whole and causes a lot of discussion and debate.
Now I can’t confess to having all the answers on this subject but having spent over 12 years studying and working with HR professionals, I’m pretty well versed in what makes a commercial HR person.
I’d be interested to hear what people think on the subject and the answers to those all important 2 questions – What is HR for? What does HR do? To discuss further, you can email me on James@refind.co.uk.
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