Question: Here’s a question that I need help with right away: I need to increase the respect that the HR department gets within our company. It seems like we’re seen as the place where employees go to fill out forms. We do a lot more for the company that the employees don’t know about. If the executive committee would involve us more, we could do a lot more for the company, too.
Answer: This is a question that I am sure resonates with anyone who reads this column as an HR practitioner. Although the discipline has made strides forward, within many companies it is still the least visible, least significant functional area. Typically, sales/marketing, production/operations, and accounting/finance each have more clout than HR.
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