Is HR (as a job category) dead?

on 01 | 09 | 2013

Managing Partner Michael A. Morell sat down and penned a few thoughts about the changing landscape of today’s jobs. The present day workplace is not the same animal it once was; companies are evolving and many facets of the traditional workplace are now viewed with new insight and updated focuses. Michael shared his own perspective on such matters around the topic of Human Resources and the it’s function within an organization.

(Smart Blogs) – Recently, I was entering candidates into our database and came across the title “vice president of people and culture.” Because our system has a finite number of job categories, I was forced to choose “human resources” for this particular individual. Doing so just felt wrong because in my mind there’s clearly a difference.

This got me thinking: Is HR as a job category going away? Are we moving away from titles such as “vice president of human resources?” More and more, I’m seeing titles reflect words like “people” and “culture” and “talent” versus the traditional human resources. And while I certainly understand this trend, it’s important not to simply replace one with the other.

To me, “human resources” still reflects the function of managing personnel, from recruitment and onboarding to performance and compensation. As industry experts might suggest, HR is more transactional than strategic.

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