What is an HR Business Partner?
Source: HR Zone
HR business partners are HR professionals who work closely with an organisation’s senior leaders in order to develop an HR agenda that closely supports the overall aims of the organisation. The process of alignment is known as HR business partnering and may involve the HR business partner sitting on the board of directors or working closely with senior leaders of the business.
HR business partners are often the most senior HR professionals, with experience of putting points across to senior leaders on a regular basis.
Communication skills are very important for HR business partners as they need to communicate the financial value and future worth of person-centred HR policies to the company’s leadership, as well as communicate high-level decisions down to other members of the HR department and the whole organisation.
HR business partners are seen as important in this process as a progressive way to connect the HR department to other functions – since HR business partners often have experience in senior positions they are well-placed to communicate effectively with other senior leaders.