HR developing into strategic player in the US

The US HR profession is maturing into a strategic organisational role by
aligning itself with business aims, according to a new study.

A report by the US-based Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM),
designed to provide an occupational snapshot of HR as its practitioners view it
today, shows that HR’s business value in the US is increasing.

However, respondents said the perception is that HR is not held in high
esteem by many in their organisations, and that the lack of corporate HR
strategy, budget and top-down implementation of people policies, are the most
challenging obstacles faced by HR departments in the US.

Susan Meisinger, president and chief executive of SHRM, said the business
value HR professionals contribute to their organisations is growing as more
business leaders recognise the power of effective people management.

"HR professionals are capable of leveraging human capital,
strengthening organisations and improving the bottom line," she said.

"The voice of the HR professional is an important one."

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