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Transfusing new blood into HR


Recently Wall Street Journal published an article about companies reaching to non HR professionals to lead HR. Microsoft has got Lisa Brummel, the corporate VP of the home and retail division to head HR. Qwest moved Teresa Taylor the EVP of their wholesale markets to take over HR.

Taking a cue from there or even otherwise, few Indian companies are toying with the idea. However, organizations must ensure that a strong second line HR leader is available in the team to support the non-HR ‘HR Head’. Success of the new leader to a large extent depends on this core HR person who facilitate the transition in following way:

HR Perspective– While the non HR leader can bring delivery/customer perspective, the core HR person is required to direct the new leader in core HR issues. Leader coming from functions like sales and marketing may overlook HR Operations part which is the backbone of HR department.

HR Retention– A strong HR person is also required to manage the HR team itself. Change in HR leadership tends to disturb the existing HR team and the team needs someone who can direct them during this phase.

While getting new BLOOD into HR is an exciting idea, the ‘cross matching’ should be done seriously to avoid ‘transfusion reaction’.

 What do you think?

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