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New-found respect?

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from Lance Haun, vice president of outreach for MeritBuilder, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board, on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: A recent report found board placements for HR professionals are nearly double what they were in 2004. Do you think this indicates HR professionals are gaining respect in corporate board rooms?

  • No, boards are just reacting to a litany of law changes that they hope HR professionals can help them with. 74.42%
  • Yes, boards are starting to see the strategic value that HR professionals can bring. 25.58%

“The cynics came out in full force on this one. Only a quarter believed the recent uptick in board placements had something to do with the strategic value of HR. Everyone else seems to think that this is simply reactive. That’s not surprising given the perception of HR but here’s hoping that view shifts as more HR people add value.” — Lance Haun

What do you think?