HRPA study shows HR support was critical in many organizations for
surviving the Great Recession.
TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - There has long been a myth that HR professionals
are 'supporting cast members' vs. having a 'starring role' in
modern-day business. A new survey of Canadian CEOs by the Human
Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) reveals that HR does play a
lead part at the boardroom table but has more to do to become the star.
In conjunction with Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, the survey—The Role and Future of HR: The CEO's Perspective—asked a series of questions of 20 Canadian CEOs, including the value HR
brings to the business; how well HR has performed over the past several
years; what CEOs consider as their biggest human capital challenges;
and what they look for in a Chief Human Resource Officer.
Results reveal disconnect
While many HR executives feel their contributions aren't valued by chief
executives, the CEOs view strong HR leadership as critical to the
success of the organization. Overall, the survey revealed CEOs see
their Chief HR Officers as valued contributors to the business; and
trusted advisors who often play the role of confidant to the CEO and
other executives. They believe HR is on an equal footing with other
"In fact, the executives felt their HR leads were instrumental in
guiding their organizations through the recent economic downturn," said
HRPA CEO Bill Greenhalgh.
"One half had experienced big growth during the period, while the other
half underwent significant downsizing. In both cases, HR's ability to
manage workforce levels and workforce effectiveness was critical,"
concluded Mr. Greenhalgh.
Room for improvement
However, the CEOs did identify areas for improvement. Many felt HR
executives fall short of really understanding business challenges,
largely because they don't get "in the trenches" enough. The CEOs said
HR needs to get out of their "ivory towers"—where they are perceived as
too often developing impractical policies and programs—and better
understand the challenges of supervisors and front-line managers.
As one CEO stated, "If you don't have a business-savvy HR team, it's
time to re-tool it!"
Moving out of the recession, the CEOs confirmed that HR professionals
continue to play a significant part at the boardroom table, leading the
organization on key challenges including managing across generations,
continuous change management and communications in the age of social
About the Survey
The survey was conducted by Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions on
behalf of HRPA through phone and in-person interviews of 20 CEOs
representing a cross-section of Canadian organizations.
For full survey findings, please go to:
About the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) is Canada's HR
thought leader with more than 19,000 members in 28 chapters across
Ontario. It connects its membership to an unmatched range of HR
information resources, events, professional development and networking
opportunities and annually hosts the world's second largest HR
conference. In Ontario, HRPA issues the Certified Human Resources
Professional (CHRP) designation, the national standard for excellence
in human resources management and the Senior Human Resources
Professional (SHRP) designation, reserved for high-impact HR leaders. www.hrpa.ca
SOURCE Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
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