HR should move to the frontline for more impact

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article HRshould move away from the centre of business and spend more time at thefrontline to increase it’s effectiveness, one of the UK’s top enterpreneursclaims.TimWaterstone, speaking at Personnel Today’s HR Directors Club at the Tower ofLondon, said there was nothing more important than HR, but the function shouldbe ‘out there with the people doing the job’, not bogged down in bureaucracy.Thefounder of Waterstone’s bookshops said HR should be decentralised to developmanagers and staff, and to ensure employees are given responsibility and areexcited by their jobs.”Youshould make it clear to staff that working life can be an extraordinaryexperience,” he said. “I believe intensely it is a privilege toempower people to take responsibility.”Hewarned that leadership should be characterised by lightness of touch to avoidstaff being over-managed and under-led, and said a secure financial systemwould protect the company and its workers, while still encouraging them toinnovate.Headded that Waterstone’s had only ever needed to place one recruitment advert,as its reputation for having an intense desire to win attracted staff.ThePersonnel Today HR Directors Club is supported by six organisations offeringservices to the HR profession: Arinso, DBM, DDI, PricewaterhouseCoopers,PeopleSoft and Xchanging. Comments are closed. HR should move to the frontline for more impactOn 11 Nov 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img