HR At the Table Best Questions Posed to HR by CEOs

June 1, 1998
Some CEOs may be clueless, but many are working hand in hand with HR to make businesses better. For evidence that HR is playing a 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 makes an employee want to stay at our company?
  2. Can you develop an HR strategy that will get the business from point A to point B?
  3. If the company were yours, what changes would you make?
  4. What are you doing to provide value-added services to your internal clients?
  5. What are the three most important things we could do to improve employee morale?
  6. How are you going to invest in HR this year so that we have a better HR department than our competitors?
  7. In the eyes of HR, what should we be doing to improve our marketplace position?
  8. What can the HR department do to add to the bottom line?
  9. Five years from now, how will cultural diversity affect our business?
  10. Which do you consider more important: customers or employees?
  11. How are you measuring the effectiveness of HR?
  12. What's the best change we can make to prepare for the future?
  13. What do you see as the biggest impediment to our performance?
  14. How can we reinvest in employees?
  15. What can the company do to develop and promote women?

Workforce, June 1998, Vol. 77, No. 6, p. 74.