The CIPD should focus on developing senior HR

first_imgThe CIPD should focus on developing senior HROn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This issue focuses on the tools HR people are using to demonstrate theimpact of their interventions on the bottom line. If you want to know where tofind the relevant articles, you’ll find the page numbers promoted prominentlyat the top of the front page. The use of metrics, balanced score cards, performance indicators and a wholeparaphernalia of related approaches is increasing as HR directors fight forcash for their initiatives and try to justify their existence. Butdemonstrating the value of progressive HR practices is really only the firstphase of a mammoth challenge – the ultimate aim should be to get board membersto view their staff as a value, or an asset that can be calculated, rather thana cost. As HR directors know to their frustration, there is still a long way togo. This is despite the fact that the CIPD has banged on about the evidencedemonstrating the impact of progressive HR practices on the bottom line atevery available opportunity. This is all very well, but the way to change theminds of top executives is to demonstrate the value of HR in a language theyunderstand, and to show it working in their organisations. There are manyhigh-calibre HR directors already achieving this, but they are in great demand.Real change will only come when there is a much bigger pool of senior HRprofessionals with the experience and capabilities to drive this agendaforward. The problem is that at the moment there is a vacuum in HR managers’continuing professional development at the highest levels. Every time senior HRpeople gather they bemoan the fact that the CIPD qualification has no relevanceat their level. Sadly, they also point out that the institute is making noconcerted effort to fill the gap in senior HR development. If the institute won’taddress this need, then someone else will have to. By Noel O’Reilly Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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