Apr 12, 2007

HR lack skills



HR staff 'lack skills' to become business partners

Mercer HR Consulting surveyed 300 senior European executives and discovered that HR staff are missing a lot of key skills, including business and financial understanding, the ability to manage projects, deploy technology and to improve customer service.

Philip Vernon, principal at Mercer, said: "Europe's HR executives tend to agree that HR is exhibiting broader business and operational management skills, but there's still a very strong emphasis on HR's traditional expertise.

As if we needed a research survey to find that out :-)

I am constantly surprised on meeting fellow HR professionals and discovering the shockingly low regard for broader business knowledge, specially sales and finance.

Well, that includes me too...my financial knowledge is pathetic :-)