HR has often lamented its lack of profile in the boardroom - with many seeing the CFO or CMO as a natural successor to the CX and in some businesses the 'Head of People' not represented on the top table .
It's been fascinating to read the business press over the past few weeks and note the huge increase in staff, rather than shareholder stories - and the importance of sensitive but forward-facing HR.
The big division is between those HR teams that are working through the current disaster - and looking to 'get back to normal' post-lockdown and those that are using it as an opportunity to re-evaluate their purpose and markets; fundamentally reviewing their structures, analytics and processes - and applying the learnings from being forced to operate differently.
I know which group I'll put money on to clinch those top jobs
The importance of people people The coronavirus crisis thrusts corporate HR chiefs into the spotlightIn a pandemic, a chief people officer can make or break a company. WHEN THE financial crisis rocked the business world in 2007-09, boardrooms turned to corporate finance chiefs. A good CFO could save a company; a bad one might bury it. The covid-19 pandemic presents a different challenge—and highlights the role of another corporate function, often unfairly dismissed as soft. Never have more firms needed a hard-headed HR boss.