Who Will Train HR?
Job cuts in HR departments are down. In fact, growing organizations recognize the importance of HR in a recovering economy. HR is expected to produce a workforce that can harness opportunities and execute new business strategies. In “Value of HR Departments Comes to Light as Economy Recuperates,” Scott Rowden explains that companies need HR departments to recruit the best new hires, reduce turnover, and limit legal liabilities.
Approximately 70 percent of a business’s overhead is spent on its workforce. The ability to manage workforce development costs can make or break an organization. None of this is news to large companies. For at least a decade, they have been relying on HR to play a strategic role in workforce planning. But now, medium and small organizations realize they need a strong partner who can focus on effective people management. That revelation will drive HR jobs to increase 22 percent by 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There’s one problem. Who is going to train all those HR professionals in small and medium-sized companies to take on a new role? Sure, most HR degrees cover business concepts. But understanding the nuances of using workforce management activities to grow the bottom line isn’t a cut-and-dry topic. Some organizations will retrain existing employees to handle this new workforce management role. But it remains to be seen whether enough coursework exists that gets to the heart of strategic HR.