Why HR managers aren’t the ‘smartest people in the world’
The phrase “smartest person in the universe” is a catchphrase that has come up in a number of articles recently, but a new study has determined that human resources professionals are not as smart as we think they are.
The research, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, concluded that despite the term being popular in the past few years, human resources managers do not possess the same level of expertise as the people who are doing the actual job of human resource management.
Instead, they’re often more focused on their own careers.
The study analyzed the responses of 2,000 employees who were employed in human resources positions in 20 different industries.
Among those surveyed, just 4.9 percent said they were “the smartest person in their department.”
The percentage of the workforce that thought this was the case was higher than the average across all occupations surveyed, ranging from 14.9 to 21.2 percent.
A more common misconception is that human resource managers are not the best workers in the industry.
In fact, this perception is prevalent, according to the study, with just 0.4 percent of the respondents in this category saying they thought human resources employees are the best at their job.
This is far higher than in most professions, according the study.
In addition to not being the smartest people in their field, HR professionals are also less likely to be paid well, according a 2016 report by The Leadership Group, a consulting firm.
The report found that HR managers earn an average of $30,000 less than the rest of the employees in the company.
The survey also found that women hold a disproportionately higher share of senior positions in the HR space, with 51.7 percent of HR professionals and 52.2 of managers in the study held senior management positions.
“When you think of HR, it’s almost always framed as a male-dominated industry,” said J.P. O’Neil, vice president of global research and director of HR for The Leadership Groups.
“But when you consider the numbers, it is the same gender gap across the board.”
Human resource managers may be a little less diverse than other professions, but they’re not a lot less.
In general, they are just slightly less likely than other employees to be men, women, and minorities, according O’Neill.
Human resources managers are also more likely to have bachelor’s degrees, a higher level of education than the general population, and a median annual salary of $100,000, compared to $78,000 for the general workforce.
The average salary for HR professionals was $81,000 in 2016.
The median salary for employees in this industry is $73,000.
While HR professionals do not perform as well as other workers in certain areas, O’Connor said the results of this study show that HR professionals actually are a valuable resource to their employees.
“HR professionals can help you develop strategies for your company’s operations, identify and address customer challenges, and help you address organizational needs,” he said.
HR professionals also tend to perform better in certain industries, according Toobin, because of their expertise and experience in those areas.
“The key takeaway is that HR can be valuable to a company that’s doing business with you,” Toobin said.
“It’s not just about getting an increase in employee productivity or making sure your organization’s operations are operating smoothly, it can be really important for helping to grow your business and increase your profits.”