‘Real business lack is hindering me

first_imgI have worked in HR since I graduated nine years ago. I have completed myCIPD studies and have a Masters degree. Although my career has steadilydeveloped, I’m beginning to feel that my lack of ‘real’ business experienceoutside HR may be slowing my progress. Any suggestions? Victoria Wall, managing director, Victoria Wall Associates Having gained nine years experience, you will be regarded as an HR expert byyour colleagues and line management; however the more ‘business’ knowledge youcan demonstrate, the more opportunities will open up to you. Lack of experiencewill not slow your progress, if you make every effort to gain real businessknowledge of the industry sector in which you work. Ensure you are up to date with new developments within your organisation andindustry sector, read trade rather than just HR press, and if possible attendinternal meetings and training courses as an observer. Good business acumenshown by knowledge of the ‘bottom line’ and by understanding the sector you areworking in will raise your credibility internally and develop your career tothe next stage. Grant Taylor, consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes It would be interesting to find out why you feel your progress is slow andhow you are measuring your progress. It could be you are ready for your nextmove up the ladder and feel you lack experience at a business rather thandepartmental level. With your good academic background you now need practicalexperience at the next level, and to gain this you need to add a ‘businessperspective’ to everything you do. You need to consider how you may be able to add value to the bottom line ofthe business from an HR perspective and then be proactive in taking your ideasto the senior management team. By doing this you may find yourself included more readily in strategy planningand business level decision-making. If you are unsure about how you may achievethis, you need a mentor to learn from. Attach yourself to someone you can learnfrom by for example, asking to shadow the HR director in some of their work, orconsider moving on to somewhere where you will have more involvement at thislevel if that is not possible where you are now. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS Consultancy While you may read about the HR impact on the business in this and othermagazines, the reality is that many organisations do not yet recognise thecontribution HR can bring to business effectiveness. This can be attributed toa number of factors; for example the lack of opportunity to be involved in thebusiness, the perception of senior staff on the role of HR, the need for HR tobalance business needs with a professional and ethical approach to the peopleissues. You need to look at your organisation and see if any of the above applies.If you think not, you need to push for more involvement. Give the senior teamexamples of how HR can better support the business. If you feel your present organisation will not be supportive, move on. Youmay consider a general management role to broaden your experience and then lookto move back into HR at a later date. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. ‘Real business lack is hindering meOn 23 Jul 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img