The 21st Century Human Resources Executive

The founder and managing partner at Hanold Associates, LLC, Jason Hanold specializes in finding the best human resources talent for the nation’s top employers. Before establishing Hanold Associates, he held senior HR leadership positions in such firms as Deloitte LLP, Whirlpool Corporation, and Russell Reynolds Associates. In serving clients, Hanold concentrates on the ever-evolving nature of the workplace, seeking HR leaders whose eyes are fixed on the future.

The HR function in any successful enterprise is a robust equal partner with other functions. Today’s HR leaders, like Google’s Laszlo Bock, generally step into their duties having already amassed business experience in other disciplines and ready to put human resources concerns front and center.

Human resources executives must be able to develop comprehensive rewards strategies both for line workers and executives along with their abilities in talent acquisition. They are also adept not simply at recognizing organizational culture, but also at adapting it to the corporation’s needs in order to make the company a desirable place to work.

Modern HR leaders must be able to develop meaningful organizational recognition, beyond fair compensation, for the efforts of each employee. This is especially true in many high-tech companies, where even junior staff have advanced degrees and useful ideas. Successful executives know how to give credit where credit is due, and if they don’t, today’s HR leaders will teach them.

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