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Non-HR Executives Are Starting to Take on HR Roles

Non-HR Executives Are Starting to Take on HR Roles
From Recruiter - December 21, 2016

The human resources department is undergoing an extreme redesign, and career-long HR pros are no longer the only people overseeing the new and improved teams in the field. Many companies are now hiring non-HR executives, such as lawyers and accountants, to take on HR roles.

According toDeloittes Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report, these new faces are indicative of a broader shift taking place in the department, which is being built around highly empowered teams, driven by a new model of management, and led by a breed of younger, more globally diverse leaders.

New Organizational Models Call for Reimagined HR Departments

As companies strive to become more agile and customer-focused,they are shifting their structures away from traditional, functional modelsin favor of interconnected, flexible teams. Deloittes report shows that 92 percent of the executives surveyed rate organizational design as a top priority, and nearly half (45 percent) report their companies are either in the middle of a restructuring (39 percent) or planning one (6 percent).

To overhaul the HR department and its responsibilitieswhich include recruiting, employee performance management, onboarding, and rewards systemsorganizations must bring in leaders with expertise in people analytics, behavioral economics, and design thinking.

Beverly Morgan, managing director and senior vice president of talent acquisition firmWinterWyman, understands that seamless communication is one of the critical goals these company reorganizations are aiming to achieve.

Both leaders and employees benefit from open forums [and] opportunities to engage in conversations casually, Morgan says. Inspired creative thinking is the platform. Employees are seeking this interaction, and leaders should be embracing it for a cohesive and consistent company culture.



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