There’s Nothing Wrong With HR That Can’t be Cured by Dismantling It

The clap of thunder that opens this DisruptHR video foreshadows the lightning strikes at the HR profession that follow.

“Actually knowing how the business runs doesn’t much register with HR,” says Charles Jamieson, president of Jamieson Human Resources, opening his presentation quoting Forbes.

With that opening, Jamieson moves on to describe a profession that is so out of touch with the realities of business that HR leaders actually spend less time today on strategic issues than they did in 1995.

SHRM and its Canadian counterpart, HRPA, are no better, says Jamieson. They devote a mere 11% and 16% respectively of their certification training time on courses on business acumen.

“So where does this leave us?” Jamieson rhetorically asked his Ottawa DisruptHR audience last fall. “Unprepared for what CEOs say they want from HR.”

His solution: “The new business paradigm must be business mastery first as the default skill, with HR skills as the add-on, and not the other way around. It’s easier to learn HR than it is to learn the business.”

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And the improvement begins, he says, “with the dismantling of your HR department.”

Spend the next 5 minutes and you’ll be convinced, perhaps not that he’s entirely right, but that he’s right about learning business.

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