Ever since I entered the Human Resources (HR) profession, even in graduate school, there has been dialogue around what HR needs to do in order to get a seat at the table. This dialogue seems to have picked up even more steam in recent years and much of the growth in HR research has been focused on finding a way for HR to get that seat at the table through proving its legitimacy and its value. My view is that HR should, instead of trying to fit in or get a seat at an existing table, focus on agenda setting.
The extent and impact of gender disparities on boards and in executive officer positions are well-documented. The Canadian Securities Administrators recently released a progress report on the disclosure requirements which were implemented to increase transparency around the issue. The results engender both hope and concern.
At this time of year, we are reminded of many things - one of which is that traditions are everywhere... culturally, personally, in-business and life-at-large. Even though traditions are tremendously important to us and for our families, we sometimes need to break the old, and create new! Which is what I suggest with the way you might have been measuring, tracking and managing your recruitment and talent acquisition activities.