Recruiters Should Be ‘Business Partners.’ What Does That Mean?

Being a “business partner”: It’s often talked about in human resources and recruiting, but what does it mean?

Joanne Rencher, chief people officer at the Girl Scouts of America and a speaker at ERE’s conference for talent-acquisition leaders this April, gives her view in the video below.

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2 Comments on “Recruiters Should Be ‘Business Partners.’ What Does That Mean?

  1. You can only be a business partner if the company and people within it want a business partner. This advice, like a lot here, might be relevant to large to extremely large corporations, for most people working in most companies it will be useless. They have to have management willing to share this information, and wanting them involved, before it can happen. I’ve never known a privately owned company that’s open about its finances and revenue model.

    1. Good points made! I do think the organizational environment and readiness is a major factor. Rather than company size and sector, receptiveness to the business partner role tends to depend on two factors: the HR leader’s profile and the attitude of the top leader. When those two things align towards this purpose, great things happen. Thanks for your comments.

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