I will be hosting the #ConnectingHR #CHRChat on Wednesday 2′nd Feb at 8.00PM G.M.T. Thats 3.00PM EST if you are in the states.
The topic of the chat: Recruiting as an HR function.

I’m not going to fire questions in to the twitter stream every 5 minutes or so, I much prefer the open mic approach. set up the topic and see where we go. Anyone can contribute using the #CHRChat hashtag, don’t wait for an invite.
The topic I want to tweet/talk about is why recruiting is seen as separate to the HR function. I’m not quite sure when this happened, but just recently I’ve been attending events where I have regularly heard the comment from Talent Acquisition teams “We had to get permission from HR” and even “we had to ask HR forgiveness”, and all of this in relation to using social-media for recruiting.
I understand that as more organisations move away from the agency recruiting route in favour of direct sourcing, the recruiting (or talent acquisition to give its posh term) functions have developed in their own rite and needed dedicated experts. Personally, I don’t view this as being any different to training (now called learning and development), payroll or any of the other specialist functions that impact on the people in an organisation outside of operational responsibility. Management structures may have flattened a little to create a Human Resources team rather than a department with a head. These flat teams consist of function specialists, one of which will be talent acquisition and as such I see them operating collectively within the HR function.
The clue for me is in the “Human” part of “Human Resources.” Surely the function that acquires humans for the organisation is a central part of the HR function, and as such wouldn’t need permission to do anything? Perhaps collaboration over strategy and execution, but not permission from the function they are a part of.
Perhaps I’m out of touch. What are your views on where recruiting sits within the organisational structure? If you outsource the function, do you outsource the responsibility with it?
I look forward to the conversation on #CHRChat on Wednesday. If you’ve never taken part in a chat before, the best way to follow the free-flowing debate is by using one of the chat applications. This will enable you to follow the conversation on the hashtag outside of your usual stream and to contribute without needing to add the hashtag each time. I use tweetchat for this, though tweetgrid is an excellent alternative. you can log in via twitter and search on the hashtag #CHRChat.
It will be fun, but please don’t wait till Wednesday to share your views, what do you think?


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