Magazine article Workforce Management

Strategic Move? Report Examines Future of Hr

Magazine article Workforce Management

Strategic Move? Report Examines Future of Hr

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The human resources manager of the future is likely to take on a much more prominent role, acting more like a performance adviser for driving corporate profitability and shareholder value, according to a new survey of business leaders from the Institute for Corporate Productivity.

The Seattle-based institute, commonly known as i4cp, surveyed 384 business leaders from a variety of industries and interviewed more than 70 senior-level HR leaders for its report, The Future of HR: The Transition to Performance Advisor.

Two-thirds of the companies surveyed said they expect to centralize administrative processes into shared-services units within five years, thus freeing up the HR leader's job for more strategic and advisory work.

Sixty-four percent of respondents said employees will begin to take away some of the transactional work from HR, partly because of new technology that allows HR departments to streamline traditional tasks.

"The thing I've heard more and more of in the last five years is that HR is stepping up to the plate," says Jay Jamrog, a senior vice president at i4cp who conducted many of the interviews. …

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