My professional career over 40 years has been in the practice of human resources. I have been fortunate to have worked in both the public and private sectors and principally in large organisations. The different environments in which I have worked have informed my observations of
• the key elements of human resources – what makes it a professional practice; and
• changes that have occurred over that period.
Human Resources professionals often bear the responsibility for change management. Of course change is an essential part of everyone’s working experience – no-one wants to stand still. Part of the art of the human resources practitioner is to facilitate the change process but also be the proponent of and expert in those particular principles and practices which need to be maintained in a change process. Responsibility for delivering change however sits with all individual employees led by managers who understand and practise good leadership.