HR Executive: An HR Exodus?

Pinstripe & Ochre House Executive Vice President, Angela Hills, was featured this week in an editorial published by HR Executive Online. The article, An HR Exodus?, highlights the growing confidence in the HR job market—37% of HR professionals plan to seek new employment this year—and what this means to the industry, job seekers and employers in 2014.

As Angela explains, HR professionals need to recognize that employers are demanding more strategic, diverse skill sets. Conversely, employers need to recognize the importance of retaining their best HR talent, especially as confidence in the job market continues to rise.

Excerpts from the article:

Angela Hills, Executive Vice President of Pinstripe & Ochre House, a Brookfield, Wis.-based global talent-acquisition RPO firm, agreed the emerging lift in the U.S. economy has HR pros feeling more optimistic. After all, she adds, HR was one of the first areas cut during the economic downturn. So it makes sense that optimism should return with economic good news. 

This time, she warns, HR professionals should consider that the many new openings will focus on a demand for different HR skill sets, those that fall into the more strategic mode.

"We see with both U.S. and global employers that there is much HR transformation work happening," she says. "Many HR organizations are going through the effort to change the way they do their work, with the focus on the business partner model and not the more traditional general HR function of the past."

In talking to executives across several markets and industries, there will be an increase in the demand for new HR talent, she says, while in a few others—healthcare, for example—there will be restraint.

"If a person truly can operate as a strategic business partner, there will be jobs," she says. "The problems with getting those new jobs are for folks in the HR generalist category."

With the possibility of HR professionals testing the job change water, it's especially important to keep your best HR talent, adds Hills. HR leaders must be able to create an environment where people who choose to be in HR can grow and learn with the business.


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