Of all the Resources used by any Entrepreneur or Business Person like Land, Fund, Machinery, Equipment, Technology, Systems, Strategies, Plans etc the "Human Resource" as it is commonly yet erroneously labeled, is One Unique Resource that Always Appreciates whereas all remaining Resource "Depreciates".
At the end of the Day, not Strategies but People give /Get Results. HR actually comprise of / is "Energy" and "Intelligence" nothing less. As such, the HR Management & Development Dept/ Group/Unit/ Section or Force is Necessity to appreciate the Perpetuating Value of the HR (ENERGY & INTELLIGENCE) which if Deftly used abounds with Astonishing Results / Outcome.
Having stated the Truth, I have to accept scathing at times Negative Criticism from some Quarters once in a while for few of us HR Practitioners for undeniable Lack of or Lukewarm Commitment to our Own Profession, our Compassion, our underperformance, our inability to connect with and accept other Human Beings as distinct as they are.
In any case, our Professional Friends Do Not any Justification of /for our Useful useable Existence while other Would Not Accept Any Justification howsoever convincing.So Serving the Organization and all its Stakeholders, earnestly.
From India, Delhi
The question to the interviewee is why did you choose HR and not what is the importance of HR. Your reply is more for latter than former.
As far as depreciation of assets is concerned, human resources also depreciate. Otherwise, concept of retirement would not have been there.
Your argument that humans bring creative and intelligent solutions to the stay competitive is absolutely valid. Nevertheless, the other side of the argument is that it is human that deprives value of other human. When managers demotivate junior directly or indirectly they reduce the value of other humans. This does not happen in case of other assets.
For Asima: - You have worked in real estate company as operations manager. Therefore, you understand intricacies of operations better. You can utilise this knowledge in recruitment, training and other employee development activities. You have edge over other HR professionals. Your weakness could be that you may not know the "personnel" side of HR i.e. knowledge of labour laws, you can supplement it with hardcore operations knowledge.
From India, Bangalore
From India, Delhi