New report from PricewaterhouseCoopers finds that large companies are now less likely to hire HR executives from another functional area, compared to 10 years ago.
This finding is something of a surprise, as many had believed that HR leaders were increasingly coming from outside the HR function, bringing to HR additional business expertise that would make possible a more strategic contribution from HR. The report speculates that this trend may even suggest that there’s simply not much demand for a bigger HR role within the corporation.
We’re more inclined to think that it’s a reflection of the historically limited role that HR has played, and that the PwC data suggests HR remains ripe for a major evolution driven by those forward-looking HR professionals who are looking to earn a “seat at the table.”
At a minimum, however, the numbers certainly suggest that HR as a whole continues to face a headwind in its efforts to make a greater contribution to the organization. This underscores the need for developing solid, actionable business intelligence on the people side of the business.