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HR staff 'have high levels of responsibility'

 
HR News |  28/01/2010
HR staff 'have high levels of responsibility'The actions of human resources professionals have a bearing on companies as a whole, it has been claimed.

Tim Miller, who until recently worked as director of people, property and assurance at the Standard Chartered Bank, says HR teams deserve any praise that comes their way when things are going well, but must also take their share of responsibility if a company encounters difficulties.

Speaking to Personnel Today, he commented that HR departments "have not been up to the mark" in some institutions.

Mr Miller cited the example of failing banks, saying staff "must share the burden of the blame" when there are weaknesses in risk and return strategies.

"To that extent, HR has failed to manage that relationship," he added.

"Usually there must be an issue around culture and values that played a part in their failings."

Last week, Janice Caplan, founding partner of the Scala Group, commented that HR professionals are increasingly being involved in key company decisions.

Posted by Jon Aspinell

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