LEADERSHIP & THE NEW WORLD OF WORK

HR Evolution: You Don’t Need a Strategy

Trevor E Hudson
9 min readMay 21, 2020

This is not HR bashing. I love HR. Not in a creepy way. That would get me hauled into HR.

The HR function is designed by ancient forces — time to change

The term HR is increasingly being transplanted with the term ‘People’. CHROs are being replaced with CPOs. Our organisations believe we need someone to tell us how to deal with ‘people’. Why not? We need a CTO to guide our use of technology. But a CTO isn’t going to tell you how to use your iPhone, and your HR function shouldn’t be telling you the basics of treating another humans as, well, humans. Because, as we are regularly told by various thought leaders, business IS people.

As someone who works in HR, I 100% believe that people are what makes a business. But I have routinely witnessed business (in the news and in person) who don’t put people first. So how can we fix the issue of the ‘right’ way to do HR/the people function in a way that has real impact for the business.

People experts that aren’t afraid to give it away for free

Imagine for a moment that you had managers who occasionally had to work on the front line to do the work of a fleet of electricians. Would you be happy that those managers didn’t have skills and natural aptitude to carry out that work? Would you see the frequently…

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