I like to hear from others too, before coming to a opinion.
According to me we can find HR at all the following levels:-
The top management basically dose the strategic part of the HR Functions ......these may inculdes policy formation and thinking how the organisation can be developed .the managerial level mainly implements, monitor it and the operational level perform it.
As i am still in learning process, my views may not be correct so, i would request all the members to correct me where ever I am wrong.
So there is a rigourous routine which a HR should go through to filter among all those, the relevant and sit down to plan, some thing STRATEGIC. So, when he is doing the operational work (ROUTINE) you might feel, whether HR is really strategic or not.
Revert back for further discussion and queries.
You will many times see HR's doing lot of raoming,gossiping etc.However you may not realise that there is some strategic mind running behind all this roaming & gossiping.
At least the finance & marketing have visible data in terms of sales /cost figures but we HR have nothing as visible figures and our mind actually becomes the store house for all info before we could put in anything on paper as data ot report.......
Only those who are actually in to HR can understand what it is exactly...........it can not be described by words only.