BlogsWhat is the Role of HR?

December 15, 2017, by John Welches

When HR leaders think about their roles in the business world, they can look at things in one of two ways. On one hand, you may consider yourself an HR manager in the position to handle the specific task of overseeing HR decisions and policy implementation. Or, you may see yourself as a business person first, with HR duties being of secondary importance.

At Centennial, we’ve found the most successful HR professionals tend to view their roles in the second way. They see themselves as business people. They want to be leaders and decision makers within their organization, not just implementers of someone else’s policy and planning.

Success in human resources management is truly all about having a business-first mindset. Here are a few ways that this can be achieved:

1. Understanding of Business
When you only focus on HR, you may become an expert in that field. However, you must understand human resources as part of a bigger-picture business strategy. Only focusing on HR limits your scope of understanding and thus limits your strategic thinking. Take the time to understand business strategy from a broader perspective and you will be able to make more effective HR decisions.

2. Get Involved in Decision Making
True HR leaders will be involved in high-level decisions and strategic planning that ultimately flows down into their own management philosophy and implementation of policies. Make sure your voice is heard and play your part in the overall success of your organization.

3. Big-Picture Goals, Focused Planning
When you have a stronger understanding of big-picture strategy and goals on a company-wide level, you will be able to more effectively deliver what is needed within the HR department. Those broad goals should define specific objectives you need to achieve within your role.

Changing your business mindset may take time and effort, but it is worth it to be a more effective HR leader within your organization. Some of the world’s most successful HR leaders follow a defined series of steps to achieve these goals:

• Ask how the business can reach its long-term potential.
• Create a strong network of connections.
• Engage and inspire fellow decision-makers.
• Influence change within the organization.
• Take decisive action to enact policy changes.

When you have a business approach to HR leadership, you will see a clear difference. Your role will be more effective and your organization will be more successful.

To learn more about HR management and to get the most out of your human resources benefits, strategy and implementation, contact Centennial today.