Student Response to Eric Gamboa, HRMN 495 assignment help

Please respond to this student week 1 dq 5 post:

5    Take the self-assessment at the end of module one and share which one question/answer highlighted a point that was most compelling to you. Provide your rationale for your answer. 

The most compelling to me was question #5. The question reads: What are some of the questions HR professionals should ask to function strategically and become business partners and leaders? 

This question highlight some of the main challenges faced by HR professionals today. In many organizations, transactional HR is still a core component of what HR executes. The top level of the HR department however is then asked to also provide a strategic vision while also keeping a focus on the transactional HR practices. With these dual challenging roles, many HR leaders’ attention and time will inevitably be dedicated to the transactional role. This will then steal away precious focus, energy, and time away from the strategic HR role. With such little time, HR leaders must then maximize their time and efforts. They must ask the questions that will help them identify what HR needs to do to achieve the strategic outcomes needed by the organization. Some of those questions are:

How are we contributing to the organization’s overall growth and effectiveness?

Are we doing the right things?

Do we have the right competencies for now and in the future?

How do we know?

The truth is that the questions needing to be asked and answered are endless. This question to be highlights all of the importance of transforming to a fully strategic role and separating from the administrative, transactional work. A formal HR executive position that focuses on HR strategy is required to manage the complexity of HR strategic role.

Thanks for reading,

Eric Gamboa


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