Issue: Learn the top brass's priorities, and then match them up with your HR projects.
Benefit: By showing how your work helps the big bosses meet their goals, you become a strategic partner and boost your overall value.
Action: Meet regularly with the boss, and measure what's important to him or her.
Do you ever dive into a major HR project without ever really knowing whether the boss favors, or even cares, about it? It's wise to match your HR projects to the boss's priorities, but many big bosses don't define their goals or communicate them well. Or perhaps they could care less about aligning goals with HR.
Adding to the problem, you may lack the know-how to build strategic relationships with top executives. You're not alone. Only 26 percent of HR professionals feel very proficient about making a strategic contribution, according to a recent Society for Human Resourcesurvey.
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