UK’s staff follow the most direct route to board membership

first_imgThe proportion of HR specialists who are responsible for HR at board levelis higher in the UK than any other European country. In Germany and Denmark, the minority – less than half – of HR directors wererecruited to that position from a previous HR post. Companies such as LufthansaGerman Airways make it clear to their HR staff that without a stint in ageneral line management position they have no chance of making it to the top. For a number of years now, the human resources management profession hascome under pressure for being HR professionals. As the recognition of HRmanagement’s contribution to the competitive advantage of firms has grown, sohas the pressure on HR specialists to prove that they have the necessarybusiness experience to realise that contribution. HR specialists have not necessarily found it as easy to broaden theirportfolio in management jobs outside of their specialist roles. On the otherhand, many organisations feel that the top HR positions are “too importantto be left to the HR specialists”. That said, in the UK, HR specialists have kept a firm grip on boardpositions. Four out of five HR directors were recruited to the top fromprevious jobs in the profession. And there are few signs of a trend away fromrelying on HR specialists – this proportion has only marginally increased sincethe beginning of the 1990s. The reasons for this difference between the UK and other European countriesis not immediately obvious. Danish companies, with a statute limiting thenumber of board members, might prefer multiskilled directors. Perhaps it is theCIPD that has successfully defended the reputation of the HR profession.Whatever the reasons, the future will tell whether the UK is leading or fallingbehind the rest of Europe. UK’s staff follow the most direct route to board membershipOn 15 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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