By Morgan International Staff Writers
There was a time when roles and responsibilities fitted fairly neatly within their respective departments – for example HR, Finance, IT, Project Management, Risk, and so on. Typically those within each department were not expected to have knowledge of the other functions as if they had a need for that input they would ask for an individual within that department to assist them.
However in today’s economy, there has been a large shift that has caused professionals to work cross functionally and often take on responsibilities outside of their own primary skill set. To be a successful HR professional in 2017, it is not sufficient to just know about human resources. A successful professional will be well-rounded and have at least basic knowledge of other functions:
When things need to be done in an organization, it is very often run as a project. In some organizations there will be a bank of PM’s ready to swoop in and run everything. However in many cases there will not be a PM available, so the HR professional will need to take the reins. Even if there is a PM, there will likely be an expectation that the HR professional will input to various documents such as the business case, budget, etc. Therefore it is imperative that an understanding of project management is sought and more and more professionals cross functionally are undertaking project management qualifications.
You will likely get involved in budgeting, forecasting, financial modelling and various other financial matters. Or perhaps you are producing the financial elements to build a business case for a strategic change. While you may get support and input from a finance team, you will need to have a good understanding of mathematics in general and commercial structures more generally.
A lot of transformational change within the HR space is coming from technological advances. Therefore to be an HR professional who can offer strategic organizational change, you need to keep pace with the latest IT change and how it can benefit your function – think cloud, big data, automation, IoT, and so on.
In a day and age where we all work increasingly cross functionally, it is necessary to have skills outside of your chosen career. A good place to start is of course a professional qualification in HR, but beyond that you might want to consider further professional development in other topics such as Project Management, IT and Finance.