Simon Barrow was CEO of Barkers Human Resources in 1988, and defined the concept of employer brand. He regularly featured in the magazine’s recruitment news column. He praises the profession for being “better organised and more data rational” but, like Kandola, has some reservations.
“HR has always had a quasi-legal role given the risks in hiring, appraising and transitioning employees,” he says. “This aspect has been amplified by HR becoming critical to the vast compliance area too. That is a difficult hat to wear and it has weakened the caring aspects of the old role.”
Simon Barrow in 1988
Barrow says that HR remains “understandably highly risk averse” with “few rewards for innovation, bravery and standing out”, and would like to see HR becoming more of a “springboard for the top” pointing out that CEOs come from “finance, operations, law and sales but not yet from HR”.
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