Previous Article Next Article HR must cherry pick its newest star performersOn 8 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. HR needs to recruit star performers and raise its professional standards ifit is to improve its business standing, delegates were told at the secondannual HR Directors’ European Summit. Priscilla Vacassin, group HR director of BAA, told delegates that HR isstill finding it hard to employ the highest quality recruits. “We arestill not attracting the very best people in HR,” she said. She went on to say that HR departments must ‘cherry pick’ the types ofpeople in their organisations who are normally attracted into marketing roles. “We’ve got to go and hand pick people while we work on the agenda toget the profession more highly regarded,” she said. Andrew Lambert, director of the UK-based thinktank Careers Research Forum,said his group had major doubts as to whether HR organisations such as theCIPD, ASTD and SHRM were up to the challenge of taking the profession forward.He said this is because the focus of these bodies tends to rest more onentry-level development rather than senior career issues. Making an impact in strengthening HR’s position, he noted, “needsenergy and communication skills I haven’t seen from the professionalbodies”. However John Hofmeister, HR director for Royal Dutch/Shell, warnedpractitioners not to neglect basics such as administration, as they worry abouttheir ability over the long term to contribute to corporate strategy. “You do the administration poorly and you lose your ‘licence tooperate’,” he told the conference, which was organised by The Economistmagazine. By Deedee Doke Related posts:No related photos.