The role of HR in the Age of Talent is a survey* published by Vurv Technology and the Human Capital Institute that investigates the current global trends in HR. The survey provides useful insight into the relevance of the HR discipline in light of the intense global competition for talent that is now underway.
The survey “begins with a bang” by quoting Keith Hammonds as saying the following to Fast Company magazine.
“The human resources trade long ago proved itself, at best, a necessary evil – and at worst, a dark bureaucratic force that blindly enforces nonsensical rules, resists creativity and impedes constructive change.… it is a career graveyard for people who can’t make it in other parts of the business.”
~ “Why We Hate HR,” Fast Company Magazine, Aug. 2005
It follows, with this introduction.
“When Keith Hammonds made this provocative statement three years ago, the
Certainly these issues are pressing, and are only likely to intensify in the next 5 years, as the "Baby Boomers" around the world begin to retire in earnest. Perhaps most interesting on a global level, the survey unearths the following jewel.
"Despite the fact that only about 15% of organizations employ a chief level officer for HR or talent management, almost 60% of heads of HR report directly to the CEO"