HOT LIST of 2014
Who’s moving and shaking Canadian HR? We’re showcasing this country’s high achievers as the industry faces growing challenges and success
In 2014, HR directors have undeniably come into their own as integral members of executive leadership teams. Their contributions steer strategic development and decision-making across the corporate structure, with increasing impact on P&L, share prices, M&A and investment. In short, the role of HR director 2014 is remarkably different from the role of HR director 1994 or even HR director 2004. The changes haven’t come without challenges.
“For 10 years now, we have witnessed a polarization of the human resources function,” says Francine Tremblay, associate partner, Performance, Reward and Talent at Aon Hewitt. “At one end of the spectrum, we can see that the long-awaited strategic shift is here to stay. Changes in technology have indeed made it easier to access strategic data that have allowed CEOs and CFOs to get a better grasp of the risks involved in talent management.”
Also, the function has become structured in such a way as to strengthen its support of policy-makers and people managers, she adds. but here’s the rub.:
“At the other end of the spectrum, we notice that these same changes have helped create a distance between the (HR) function itself and employees,” says Tremblay. “The computerization of administrative components and an online access to program information have, in fact, greatly reduced interpersonal relationships and human interaction. The challenge will be to re-humanize its relations with employees.”
This list of “hot” HR professionals showcases those who are successfully walking today’s line -- both connecting with CFOs but also the workers affected by those financial decisions.
These hot corporate leaders have spearheaded innovative results, embraced diversity, driven down costs while upping productivity, or navigated difficult change. Some have been recognized with accolades; others have not. All are delivering more.
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