With record low unemployment and a tightening labor supply, human resources departments are at the center of the action and gaining a louder voice in the C-suite. HR departments are tasked with recruiting talent during a buoyant economy and keeping the workforce happy. The 58 HR specialists featured in Crain’s list of Notable Leaders in HR are finding innovative solutions to this challenge.
They are hiring recruiters with a sales mentality and opening new pipelines for talent. They are paying more attention to training and development to make sure employees have a promising career path. And they are reforming the process of performance management as millennials demand more continuous feedback and conversation rather than once-a-year reviews.
Under these executives’ leadership, HR departments have added benefits such as flexible schedules, parental leave and wellness programs. They’ve added diversity programs and sought to promote women and minorities to management and senior levels. And they’ve embraced technology that makes for more efficient administration of pay and benefits, scheduling and performance tracking.