SHRM CEO: HR faces a 'perfect storm,' and the perfect opportunity

CEOs want their HR departments to keep them out of trouble. But finding talent is a close second priority, said SHRM's Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. at #SHRM19.

HR Dive | June 27, 2019

The HR Dive article, "SHRM CEO: HR faces a 'perfect storm,' and the perfect opportunity," features our firm's paper, "A Leader's Guide: Finding and Keeping Your Next Chief Diversity Officer." The article is excerpted below.

LAS VEGAS — After broadcasting a call to action on Monday for HR to "inspire the best in people," Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), spoke Tuesday about SHRM's at-times controversial approach to bringing about that transformation.


HR must be ready to anticipate problems their companies face, despite the fact that HR people have typically been expected to do more with less investment. Chief diversity officers, who often work closely with or are involved in HR processes at the company, also lack necessary support and resources from their organizations, a previous study by Russell Reynolds Associates said. SHRM may need to upskill its HR professionals, Taylor noted, to grapple with these changes.

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SHRM CEO: HR faces a 'perfect storm,' and the perfect opportunity