The Evolution of Human Resources

The role of human resource professionals in an organization has traditionally been to function as the systematizing, monitoring arm of the executive management in the company. Originally, they were seen as the branch of the company that dealt with the personnel and administration functions of the company. They were charged with hiring employees, paying employees and dealing with employee benefits.

In recent years, however, the role of the human resource professional has started to change, and they have begun to take on new roles within an organization. With more organizations becoming more adaptive, quick to change direction, resilient, and customer-centered, Human Resource professionals are becoming more of a strategic partner, employee advocate, and mentor of change. Those Human Resource professionals that understand the changing face of organizations and the roles that they have within them are becoming leaders within their organizations. Increasingly, Human Resource professionals are leading their organization in areas like strategic utilization of employees to serve business goals, organization development, and the development and management of talent.

To remain successful, the Human Resource professional must constantly assess the function of the Human Resource department and determine its current effectiveness. They must support the change that may occur in other departments and the work practices throughout the organization. Thomas A. Greaney has been working as a Human Resource professional for more than 20-years and has seen the evolution of the profession first hand. He believes that Human Resource professionals can demonstrate their value by actively participating within their organization and assuming these new roles.

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