Talent in the headlights …

… but is your organisation the car, speeding forward into an illuminated future, or the rabbit, paralysed by the threat? Reading the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2011 report, The Global Talent Index Report: The Outlook to 2015 (download as a PDF file), the ability not be paralysed by complexity and change is a key attribute, and … Continue reading “Talent in the headlights …”

HR Departments and In-sourcing – the new out-sourcing?

Maybe what lies at the nub of the idea of disbanding the HR function is the concept of sense of purpose – not for ourselves, but as judged by other people. It’s not our own answer to ‘what are you here for, exactly?’ that’s the issue, it’s how other people see it: not the purpose we think we serve, but the one that others think we do. Or, more critically, don’t.

Maybe what lies at the nub of the idea of disbanding the HR function is the concept of sense of purpose – not for ourselves, but as judged by other people. It’s not our own answer to ‘what are you here for, exactly?’ that’s the issue, it’s how other people see it: not the purpose we think we serve, but the one that others think we do. Or, more critically, don’t.

HR And Big Data: Storytelling or Journalism?

Mastery of a discipline (accepting the use of the term for HR) requires many skills, but also a sure-footed understanding of the raw materials and how to handle them. The raw materials of a Human Resources Manager are primarily, as the job title alludes, people. (Whether ‘human resources’ is a devaluing or derogatory way of describing them – or should I say ‘us’? – is a separate but not entirely unrelated point.) The raw materials of Big Data, by comparison, are more explicitly ‘in the title’: data. Quantitative measures. Numbers.

Mastery of a discipline (accepting the use of the term for HR) requires many skills, but also a sure-footed understanding of the raw materials and how to handle them. The raw materials of a Human Resources Manager are primarily, as the job title alludes, people. (Whether ‘human resources’ is a devaluing or derogatory way of describing them – or should I say ‘us’? – is a separate but not entirely unrelated point.) The raw materials of Big Data, by comparison, are more explicitly ‘in the title’: data. Quantitative measures. Numbers.

The HR Profession: when you become the story …

As Louisa Peacock’s article pointed out, HR has long had a reputation for hand-wringing and wondering when it will ever be front page news. Today, that moment arrived and I think we can safely say it didn’t run as planned. HR, as a profession, has come out of this as badly as the BBC, and HR didn’t have that long-running groundswell of public support on which to fall back, and to leverage for its reputational recovery. The Yahoo-hosted copy of the Telegraph article has accumulated 1099 comments in just over 24 hours. Let’s just say that most of them may take a little spinning.

As Louisa Peacock’s article pointed out, HR has long had a reputation for hand-wringing and wondering when it will ever be front page news. Today, that moment arrived and I think we can safely say it didn’t run as planned. HR, as a profession, has come out of this as badly as the BBC, and HR didn’t have that long-running groundswell of public support on which to fall back, and to leverage for its reputational recovery. The Yahoo-hosted copy of the Telegraph article has accumulated 1099 comments in just over 24 hours. Let’s just say that most of them may take a little spinning.