Why Companies Should Take Human Resources More Seriously
It is an unfortunate fact that most companies do not respect their human resources departments as much as other operations. Butterfly’s Co-Founder David Mendlewciz, via Workforce, debunks the negative perceptions that people have of HR.
Myth: “HR doesn’t contribute to the bottom line.”
Truth: How productive a team is heavily depends on how happy its employees are. Engaged employees are 22 percent more productive than disconnected ones. Therefore, the impact and revenue that a business can earn links right back to HR, since they are the ones responsible for keeping a strong company culture.
Myth: “HR makes things harder than they need to be.”
Truth: While HR is the “bearer of bad news” sometimes, it exists to make the lives of employees much easier. Human resources helps people feel better about their roles and teams, and uses employee feedback to put solutions into action. And with the use of technology (e.g. Butterfly), HR can get this feedback anonymously to make effective change.
Myth: “HR primarily focuses on admin tasks and do not have a strategic function.”
Truth: Yes, human resources is responsible for typical management operations (i.e. payroll), but their main focus is people development. HR should be a team of visionaries that know how to educate employees, seek and grow talent, and build a transparent culture within a company. This is why some businesses, like Slice, have defined human resources differently with new titles, such as “Heads of People.” Businessman Ram Charan shared the idea that human resources can potentially split into 2 parts, an administrative one while the other focuses on development and leadership.
If talent distinguishes good companies from great ones, and human resources is responsible for talent, then companies must ensure that their HR teams are taken more seriously. You can access the full article here.