“was that a strategic quack?”

Human Resources has a significant problem.

It walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, but it doesn’t want to be a duck. HR, is, for the most part, a “transactional” business unit. Payroll, Compensation, Benefits, Recruiting, these are the huge transactional functions we know to be traditional HR – and that pisses off people in HR.

Professionals in HR would have you believe they are an integral strategic piece of the overall business. In theory, the thought of a business unit designed to staff, advise and police the organization does sound very strategic (or at the very least “important”) – but HR is still dogged by the Toby Flenderson’s of the world. Why?

In some companies HR has expanded to include culture, engagement, training, organizational development, “Wellness,” as well as the New Age buzz-term “HR Business Partner.” The groundwork is set for a strategic partnership, yet has fallen short in practice.

HR Hardball™ examines the present and future state of Human Resources the genesis of how we (yes, I’m an HR family member, too) came to be. We will also try to take ourselves a little less seriously than we have in the past.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts regarding the fundamental disconnect between what HR “is” and what HR wants to be when it grows up.

John “Whit” Whitaker is Founder and OH (Original Hardballer); like this post? Try this one, this one, or even this one….go ahead, don’t be a weenie.