Home' HR Monthly : August 2017 Contents “Always be open to
to expanding your
network – and not just
in your own industry.”
Is it necessary for HR to be
and, if so, why?
BRUSHFIELD: Certification is a good thing
for the profession, assuming that the criteria to
achieve it is connected to study and experience.
It enhances the reputation of HR and provides
AHRI members with a community in which to
share best practice.
JOHNSON: Yes, HR certification is a great
thing for the profession and is well overdue.
Having recruited for HR in the UK, I know that
a CIPD qualification was paramount for career
progression. It is definitely a progressive step
forward for HR in Australia, to have a strong
development path to follow and a foundation of
best practice, as in other professions.
WILLIAMS: The need for H R to truly
influence business performance and success
continues, yet it seems that a high percentage
of the HR professionals steering these changes
across Australia are not fully educated in how
to do this effectively. I am a huge advocate
for AHRI professional certification. It doesn’t
matter what level you are, or how much
experience you have, you should continue
to develop skills and knowledge so that you
can continue to improve the business you are
OWENS: I think certification of HR
professionals is a very good thing. It’s good
to have a documented standard for technical
competence. We live in a highly credentialled
world which expects certainty and accepts
advice from those with proven skill sets.
Law, engineering and medicine have formal
standards and HR can have them too.
What is the one piece of
advice you would give to an
aspiring HR director?
JOHNSON: Keep current, keep across the
trends. Be on top of best practice, and not just
in the industry that you’re in.
KIRKBY: Develop the key skills that CEOs
are looking for. You’ve not going to be effective
if you’re in an HR bubble – you need to
understand the wider business. In the nex t five
years, managing and designing organisational
change will be a key component of HR
BRUSHFIELD: Surround yourself with good
people who will challenge you – both inside and
outside the organisation. Ensu re you stay up
to speed from a qualifications perspective. But
ultimately, it’s about being able to add value,
from the strategic and leadership perspective.
OWENS: Be ambitious. I’m a huge believer in
having a strong sense of purpose and knowing
where you want to go.
WEBSTER: Always be open to opportunity,
and to expanding your network – and not just
in your own industry. Be willing to consider
alternative ideas and other industries, whose
ideas can be tweaked to suit you.
WILLIAMS: Don’t become complacent, and
always be looking for new experiences and
exposure, because 20 years’ experience in one
role doesn’t mean that you could automatically
slot into any organisation.
HOURIGAN: Always look at the return on
investment. HR professionals need to be able to
demonstrate that they have commercial value to
add to the business, not just in the HR division
but across the organisation. •••
arrangements. But once you start aiming for
that senior level, there’s a higher expectation
of that person’s time and dedication, and those
potential female leaders may be opting out. This
is mainly driven by the CEO.
WEBSTER: We have seen a change in the
number of females appointed to senior H R roles
in recent years. At a number of our public and
private sector clients, senior HR are majority
female. In the last year, we’ve placed 60 per cent
female in senior H R positions. It’s not just about
clients wanting to increase diversity – they were
the strongest candidates.
JOHNSON: There is a perception that men
dominate senior jobs in HR, but it depends on
the industry. In manufacturing, even lower level
HR positions are largely male. But over the past
12 months, 70 per cent of the people we placed
in senior H R roles were women.
RYAN WEBSTER, MANAGER,
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE STAFFING SERVICE,
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