Summary of The High-Impact HR Organization

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The High-Impact HR Organization book summary
To earn a seat in the boardroom, HR has to transcend business as usual and generate strategic “high impact.” Yes, you can.


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Human resources professionals may be used to a lack of in-house popularity, but the more serious issue is whether they have an influential voice in the boardroom. As managers of a firm’s most critical asset – “its talent” – that voice is imperative. To earn it, HR must become “high impact.” Using well documented research, this Bersin & Associates report details 10 important practices HR professionals can use to move beyond basic personnel functions and chart a path to providing “strategic HR.” Under the leadership of former senior analyst Stacey Harris, Bersin surveyed more than 700 companies and conducted detailed interviews with 50 representatives of different firms from diverse sectors, including health care, retail, banking, and education. The result: a highly applicable guide that getAbstract recommends to HR professionals who want a seat at the corporate table, not just for their own careers, but for the good of the company and everyone in it.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What makes a human resources operation “high impact” and
  • How to apply 10 best practices to give your HR department strategic heft.


The Necessity of “High-Impact” HR
Too often, a human resources department functions only administratively and never earns a compelling, influential voice in the corporate boardroom. To obtain that powerful voice, HR must become “strategic” and “high impact.” Human resources’ core responsibilities...
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About the Author

Stacey Harris spearheaded Bersin & Associates’ human resources division and led research projects on HR-related topics. She is now vice president of research and advisory services for the Brandon Hall Group in Cleveland, Ohio.

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