Further, it is important that we understand the business that we operate in and how we make money in a simplified manner. When I speak to HR Professional, I find majority of them at loss and they do not understand their business model or how their company is making money. In spite of this, they claim that they are strategic business partners.
I am not sure if you do not understand your Business, can not present it to outside audience or prospective customers, how you can be an effective business partner. I have seen this becoming fashionable to say this. However, it would be of help if Top HR Leadership start developing their TEAM's attitude towards financial aptitude.
Another things that I witness amongst HR Professional, specially, Engagement HR is that they are becoming experts in co-ordination & orchestration of programs. However, HR Engagement is much more than mere co-ordination, organization and event management.
We hire people who are MBA's to do HR engagement activities and do not stretch their minds rather we condition them to follow established practices and THIS IS THE WAY IT HAPPENS OR IT IS COMPANY POLICY. We do not encourage them enough to have their opinion and challenge the status quo. I have seen organizations having Open Door Policy and are not open enough. People will think twice before articulating their opinion for fear of reprimand. Over a period of time these young graduates become slaves to conditionality's and do not grow as fast as they could and in the process organizations loose vitality and effervescence, impacts of which is felt over a period of time. In my view, stretching people mind is better than compressing. It is imperative for HR Leaders to start investing in making sure that people who work under them are coached to develop thought leadership which shall help them fish for themselves rather somebody fishing for them every time they land themselves in difficult situation.
GOD IS GREAT BUT BOSS IS GREATER attitude no longer works. Participative Management & commanding respect rather than demanding it due to power or position will be the key to enhance organization productivity and employablity of our new indefatigable and highly ambitious generation.