Human resources professionals were once seen as administrative aides who kept personnel records, coordinated training activities and played referee when employees were unhappy. In recent years, these hardworking individuals have gained the respect they deserve, and are now seen as an instrumental part of a business’s overall strategy.

One of HR’s most essential roles is weighing in on annual organizational planning, especially when it comes to talent acquisition and allocation. According to members of Forbes Human Resources Council, here are seven key responsibilities HR departments should address to help their organizations succeed in the year ahead.
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1. Identifying Current Talent Assets And Gaps

Talent is key to organizational planning. At this time of year, we should be helping leaders assess talent needs and identify skills gaps, employees who are ready to assume greater responsibility and those who may not be ready for the challenges ahead. This will result in a people roadmap for the organization to start the year off strong.