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Posted by Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President on Thursday, Jul 31, 2014
We are in the midst of collecting data for our next “DNA of…” report. This time, we are focusing on the path to becoming a Vice President of Human Resources. We are currently surveying, and interviewing HR professionals from the VP level up to determine what it really takes to lead a company’s HR function.
This will be the fourth issue in our DNA series, following the successful release of our DNA of a CFO, CIO and VP of Construction reports.
I am very much looking forward to seeing the final results of this project. It will be interesting to see what differentiates HR leaders from those in the other specialisms we’ve investigated. So far, I’ve noticed that one commonality across all of the leaders we’ve heard from, is the ability to be a strong people manager.
In the HR profession, some degree of people management is required at every level (unlike a junior level accounting, IT or construction professional), so what is it that truly makes someone rise above the rest in the HR field to become a leader? Based on the results thus far, it seems that the ability to communicate and to have strong ethics are important characteristics of HR leaders.
Many interesting topics are coming out of the HR community today that I’m sure will come through in this report, such as the rise in digital recruitment, workforce planning and rewards and recognition. How do these topics impact the career path and what employers are looking for in terms of skill sets and experiences when selecting their next HR leader? Based on the results thus far, 93 per cent have told us ongoing professional development is necessary to advance.
The survey will be closing in early August and the report will be available in September.
If you are an HR leader, we would like to hear from you. To get involved in this project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org All survey participants will receive a copy of the “DNA of a VP of HR” report once it is available. To get more information on our DNA project, visit hays.ca/dna