HUMAN Capital - Winter 2014 - (Page 12)

CoVER FEatURE Growing Strategic HR Business Partners Internally The HR Business Partner role combines business acumen with a solid knowledge of HR theory and practice, creating a challenging role to fill. The good news is that many of the potential candidates can be found within your very own organization. By mARy eLLen seLBy The ROle Of huMan Resources Business Partners or HR Generalists can be some of the most challenging HR roles to fill in any organization. Even experienced HR leaders, who are adept at helping business leaders find the right candidates for their strategic business needs, are often at a loss as to where to source top-tier HR Business Partners. The Selection Process The first consideration in selecting strategic HR Business Partners is whether to seek experienced candidates from outside the company or to identify internal candidates. Given that HR Business Partners need a deep understanding of the business, internal candidates are often a desirable option. Of course, it is easier to find an ideal HR Business Partner internally if the business is already committed to developing internal candidates for strategic business roles. The decision to groom internal candidates introduces an additional consideration: whether the ideal candidate should have operational HR experience or experience in an area outside HR. Each type of candidate builds on advantages. Individuals who already excel in one or more operational areas in HR such as recruiting, training, or compensation can make very strong Business Partners. 12 O

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HUMAN Capital - Winter 2014

Leadership Matters
Economic Pulse
Tech Talk
Growing Strategic HR Business Partners Internally
The Enemy Within: Hiring Managers Rank as HR’s Top Talent Recruitment Challenge
Becoming a Key Partner
Abilities@Work Making the Most of Employee Talent at the City of Edmonton
The Magic of a Moment
Policy Corner
Legal Source
Index of Advertisers/

HUMAN Capital - Winter 2014