Oh wait, they don't have one. Talk about not having a seat at the table.
All joking aside, news like this helps me to refocus on the fact that many companies do not have an active HR presence. As a result, we don't get to influence their evolution. In a hot industry such as tech, particularly in the social space, that could be to everyone's detriment.
- The industry has been highlighted (on this blog and elsewhere) for its lack of diversity.
- It also faces a skills gap, resulting in a war for talent, particularly for engineering and coders.
- Many companies are contemplating how to integrate social networking platforms into the enterprise, along with struggling with issues of how to use these tools appropriately in the workplace.
- The tech industry's influence is extending beyond its space, impacting federal legislation, such as the recently signed Jumpstart our Business Startups Act, as well as educational curriculum.
These areas--recruitment, diversity and inclusion, talent management, training and development--is where Human Resources professionals can be of value to the industry as a whole and to fast growing start-ups in particular.
And there are some out there. My good friend Matt Cholerton is a HR practitioner who's worked for several start-ups in Silicon Alley, which is New York City's own version of Silicon Valley. He offers a view into its mindset at his blog; check it out here. Without enough people in place, however, HR professionals can't elevate an industry that right now has an outsized influence in the business world.
How can you convince someone of your value proposition when they've just won the lottery?
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