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Chalkboard with strategy map “HR must establish and drive a leadership role within the business, transitioning away from the traditional operational roles of managing employees, payroll and benefits,” says Geoff Webb. (Image: Shutterstock)

One of the many lessons we’ve learned over the past year: Good employees make the world go round. Or at least keep a business running in the black. Indeed, the disruptions of the past year have been a wakeup call for employers. When asked to turn on a dime and accommodate new working conditions, not to mention the increased stress and mental health struggles employees were going through, employers realized that “the way things were always done” will not be good enough going forward.

This new perspective has significant implications for HR professionals–a group that has been advocating for a bigger seat at the table and change to the talent management strategy for years. And now, they’re finally getting it. But are they ready?

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is managing editor at BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she spent the past eight years writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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