In many companies, especially in small-medium sized ones, Human Resource Management (HR) has been viewed as a necessary evil, primarily an administrative function. Whether internal or outsourced, senior management often sees the major roles of HR to be ensuring compliance with workplace regulations, mitigation of legal risk, record keeping and dealing with employee problems.
But today, these perceptions of HR’s role are misguided. Certainly those functions must still be managed. But there are so many other critical business needs that are all centered around HR.