Dan Cave, Head of Content at HR Grapevine
HR as a central business function
Historically, many HR teams have felt as though they haven't ‘had a seat at the table’. In fact, the function was often pigeonholed as being auxiliary and not central to the business strategy. However, over the last few years, HR’s standing has changed. There is increasing noise around HR’s strategic value, more data to prove the function provides tangible business ROI, and a greater acceptance that people – HR’s primary remit - are the main driving force behind business success. As a result, the HR function has been elevated.
In addition, the work of HR teams during the pandemic has seen them become reactive information and delivery hubs whilst simultaneously being strategic with workforce shifts, organisational design, and comms - core to business continuity and even growth during difficult times. Therefore, it is my belief that this, temporary, reliance on HR has accelerated its evolution as a key business function. The challenge now will be ensuring HR stays relevant, adds value and is keyed into business decision-making.