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HR's Real Impact The Smartest Questions Posed to HR by CEOs

June 1, 1999
Related Topics: The HR Profession, Featured Article
Some CEOs may be clueless, but most are working hand-in-hand with HR to make businesses better. For evidence that HR is playing a more strategic role in organizations, look no further than some of the provocative, challenging questions that CEOs have posed to HR professionals. How would you answer these questions?

  1. What can we do to attract valuable employees in a climate of 3 percent unemployment?
  2. On what basis should we evaluate senior employees?
  3. Is there anything you are currently doing in HR that you do just because you’ve been doing it for a long time? Can you stop doing it?
  4. Are you proud of working for this company?
  5. Every day, we should try to find someone whose work/life we can impact and increase their work output or experience. Are we doing that?
  6. How can we use the collective bargaining agreements to forward the goals of this organization?
  7. How do you think we should be structured as an organization?
  8. How do we develop a diversity program that really makes a difference?
  9. If you could change three things about this company regardless of time, funds or manpower, what would they be?
  10. If we continue with our current practice of matching the external market in compensation, won’t we have trouble recruiting and retaining the best?
  11. How can I get HR more involved in solving business problems?
  12. Do we always remember that employees must put their family responsibilities first?
  13. What are we going to do to ensure that we have skilled people to run this company 10 years from now?
  14. What can we do to increase participatory management in the company?
  15. Why is our turnover rate increasing?

Workforce, June 1999, Vol. 78, No. 6, p. 36.

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