HR at the Table: The Impact of Human Resources on High-Level Decision Making
HR leaders play a vital role in the success of any organization. They not only handle the recruitment and retention of employees, but they also play a key role in shaping company culture and ensuring that the organization is operating in a way that is fair and equitable for all employees.
Should HR be involved in high-level company decisions? How can they go about doing so?
We'll explore the value of having HR in the room and the impact they can have on a company's success.
HR Knows the Team
First, it's important to understand that HR leaders have a unique perspective on the workforce and how decisions will impact employees. They are the gatekeepers of deep team and cultural knowledge that other executives may not have access to or may not consider.
As the employees drive the business forward, it's essential that any decisions being made for the company are passed through the lens of "How will this impact our team, our culture, and their motivation to work towards our common goals?".
Without HR's presence, the greater team's concerns are at risk of not being heard and this can lead to snowball effects wherein decisions made begin to impact the team in potentially de-motivating ways which will ultimately reflect poorly on the business' profitability.
Getting a Seat at the Table
So, what is the best way for HR leaders to get involved? To effectively help drive company decisions, HR leaders should make sure they have a seat at the table and are included in key meetings and decision-making processes. They should also be proactive in providing data and analysis on workforce-related issues to inform decisions.
One way to do this is to establish regular meetings with the company's leadership team to discuss workforce-related issues and provide updates on employee engagement and retention. Additionally, HR leaders should actively seek out feedback from employees to ensure that their perspectives are being taken into account in decision-making.
Decisions Impact Culture, Culture Impacts Business Growth
By having HR leaders involved in high-level company decisions, companies can gain a better understanding of how decisions will impact the workforce, and make more informed decisions that will ultimately lead to a more engaged, productive, and satisfied workforce. This, in turn, will lead to better retention and reduce turnover, improve operational efficiency and foster a culture of creative thinking.
HR leaders play a vital role in the success of any organization, and their involvement in high-level company decisions can lead to a stronger workforce. By having HR leaders in the boardroom, companies can gain a better understanding of how decisions will impact their employees and, as a result, the long-term success of the organization.