How is the contribution of Human Resources (HR) rated in your organisation?
In an international research study amongst more than a 1000 midsized employers, a research company found that only 7% of these organisations have HR Managers as part of their executive team (as reported by WorldatWork; 2018).
It is however interesting to note that the research indicates that in those companies where they do have an HR Manager in the executive team (an HR Executive), a Glassdoor* rating of 3.84 as opposed to an average of 3.3 is achieved. This is a clear indication that employees in a midsized company with an HR Executive are happier, more engaged and therefore more productive.
Worldatwork (2018), furthermore comments: “Given that 75% of jobseekers consider an employer’s brand before applying, an increased score matters not only for employee retention but also talent attraction”. This statement emphasises the importance of having a competent and experienced HR Executive on board.
The majority of midsized organisations in South Africa are in a similar position. The challenge however often is that the available HR practitioners are not yet ready for an executive position and if they are, the cost of employing them is almost always an issue. Unfortunately, many owners and or CEOs / MDs do not, as yet, appreciate the invaluable contribution a competent and experienced HR Practitioner / Executive adds to an organisation.
The HR field is now much more specialised and value adding than what it was a decade or two ago, when it was merely seen as an administrative function. All over the world, the HR role is now being recognised for its vital contribution in determining and executing organisation strategy. In two consecutive reports for 2015 and 2020 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), people management has been rated amongst the top five critical skills required by companies.
Expenses will (and must) always be a consideration when it comes to managing a business, but this should not prevent the organisation from obtaining the services of an HR Executive that could help the organisation deliver peak performance.
Innovative and affordable solutions are available. Should you wish to explore available options, you are more than welcome to contact the writers of this article.
Dennis Farrell (Dr) Murray Burger
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* Glassdoor is a website where employees and former employees anonymously review companies and their management