​HR is as influential as finance, sales and marketing, IT, and strategy to the success of a company. Each business function is driven by people, after all. Recently, companies measuring their survival and growth have adopted the economics of HR, appreciating the value of their people as human capital. These companies realize that by valuing people within an environment of diversity and inclusion, complementary and intangible resources become available, which fuel the diverse needs of the business.

This is “business HR.” It contrasts with the functional areas of HR, such as recruitment and compensation. My involvement with the former inspired me to pursue SHRM certification. Earning my SHRM-SCP credential in 2016 solidified my status in my former roles as a chief HR officer and chief learning officer. In my current capacity as a coach, trainer and consultant, my SHRM-SCP gives me added confidence to advise business owners and their…

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