The research, carried out by Deloitte and the Economist Intelligence Unit, found that this disparity stems partly from the perception that HR departments only deal with administrative tasks such as pay roll.
The strategic role of this part of the organisation was largely ignored, and there was even doubt as to whether HR departments influenced the culture of the company.
"As a discipline, HR has not achieved the level of influence on the broader business agenda that finance for example has done," says Ashley Unwin, partner in consulting at Deloitte. "People management is seen as softer skill without half the rigour or standing of the business itself. Historically, HR professionals were seen as the employment and recruitment people."
In an effort to shed their bureaucratic image and free up time to focus on more strategic considerations, almost a third of HR executives surveyed have outsourced their more administrative activities such as payroll, recruitment and training. Another 20% expected to do the same in the next three to five years.
Source: Aligned at the top
Deloitte and Economist Intelligence Unit
8 June 2007
Review by Emilie Filou