IIP backs HR to solve the productivity problem

first_imgHR professionals must grow their roles if the UK’s poor productivity levelsare to be improved, claimed the chief executive of Investors in People in anexclusive interview. Ruth Spellman believes HR holds the key to solving the productivity gap, butmust make itself more central to decision-making within their organisations. “The HR function needs to get real and understand the pressures ofbusiness,” she said. Spellman does not believe that US strategy guru Michael Porter, who is beingemployed by the Department of Trade and Industry to tackle the problem, willprovide an answer. “It’s a bit of a vote of no confidence in our managers,” she said.”We have to learn from other countries, but we can’t go running overseasevery time we have a problem.” She also accused HR of becoming too insular as a function and urged it towiden its aspirations. “I’d like to see many more HR managers not just getting on the board,but becoming major directors or CEOs. Why not?” she said, “I reallywant to get away from that legalistic ‘do not do’ attitude.” IIP is set to launch two new areas of accreditation – work-life balance andmanagement and leadership – following a £30m investment. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. IIP backs HR to solve the productivity problemOn 12 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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