HR improves status with board

HR’s battle to win a place on the board is gaining recognition, according to research by Personnel Today’s sister publication IRS Employment Review.

More than three quarters of the public sector employers questioned said their organisation had an HR director on the board. And half of the HR directors in the private sector said they reported to the chairman or chief executive. 

The manufacturing sector lagged behind with fewer than 40% of its HR directors reporting to the chairman or chief executive, according to the fourth annual IRS Employment Review HR roles and responsibilities survey.

Among some of the largest employers that took part in the study of 179 organisations, 80% said they now have a director who is responsible for HR.

The research indicates that the HR community is finally beginning to achieve its goal of becoming a more strategic function and having a place on the top table.

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