7 things your CEO won’t tell you about HR, but wishes you knew

HR/benefits professionals play an important role in an organization, but a common complaint is that when it comes to being involved in C-suite-level decisionmaking, they’re commonly left out of the mix. According to Jonathan A. Segal, partner and managing principal at Duane Morris LLP, sometimes pros shouldn’t be asking to be at the table, but instead asking when the table is meeting and showing up. Segal offers a few tips that he says CEOs don’t tell HR/benefits pros, but wishes they knew nonetheless. These seven strategies might help smooth communication and strengthen partnerships between you and executives.

Tip #1: Avoid speaking HR-ese. Tip #2:  Stop asking to be at the table. Tip #3:  Learn the business of your business. Tip #4:  Link HR goals to corporate goals.
Tip #5:  Recognize top talent. Tip #6:  Never say, “But the policy provides …” Tip #7:  Don’t inundate C-suite with minutia.


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