Over the past few years, human resource departments have had a renaissance. They’ve evolved from an administrative team into a skilled unit that builds and manages a company’s most important asset – its people. This next-generation HR department needs to fall under the leadership of a chief people officer who is fluent across multiple disciplines. They’re policy designers, strategists, information scientists, and team builders. It’s time for HR to join the C-suite.
In the last 18 months, Viacom, Lyft and Tesla all named their first chief people officers. Whether it’s a title change for your HR director or a new position altogether, more companies are making chief people officers a part of their core leadership. here are five essential responsibilities of a chief people officer, and why you need one now.