Human Resources

Putting humans at the center of your human resources consulting strategies

We’re your trusted partner in the war for HR talent

The war for top talent wages on, with no cease-fire on the horizon. Organizations recognize that their people are their chief differentiator, so they constantly battle to attract, recruit and retain the highest possible caliber of talent.

Who’s leading the charge in these battles? Human resources. The HR function is critical to a company’s success on the battlefront because it touches so many aspects of an organization: talent acquisition, talent management, compensation and benefits, leadership development, succession planning, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, innovation and more. But HR teams can’t do it alone; they need a trusted partner like Korn Ferry.

Our Human Resources Center of Expertise helps you attract, develop and retain best-in-class chief human resources officers (CHROs) and their senior teams to leverage HR as an integral business strategy. We offer a full range of solutions designed to address CHRO talent needs: from strategic search to competency-based assessments and engaging, interactive high-potential leadership development programs to one-on-one coaching, strategic talent design and succession planning.

How we can help

As the global leader in organizational consulting, we have an unparalleled depth of expertise, research and thought leadership that enables us to answer HR leaders’ varied needs. Our proactive HR strategists translate corporate goals into effective human resource programs, drive growth and create coveted “best place to work” cultures.

Here are some of the challenges we can help you address:

Rethinking talent now and for the future

Nearly half (45%) of CHROs think one of the biggest challenges they’ll face in the coming years is a talent shortage. And, as organizations continue to transform in response to a changing market and trends such as digitalization, HR officers are already rethinking what talent their companies will need. We can contribute in ways like these:

  • Identify what “good” looks like in each role, including the skill sets and competencies that lead to success
  • Assess your current workforce based on our Success Profiles to identify gaps for development and hiring
  • Upskill and reskill workers and deploy talent to the right roles

Identifying the next generation of HR leaders

Globalizations, change management and the increasing complexity of the HR function: all of these challenges place the CHRO front and center as a trusted advisor to boards, CEOs and the executive team. To thrive, CHROs need more than HR acumen; they must also be strategic, understand the complex nuances of aligning talent and business strategy and create alignment across executive leadership teams. Here’s how we help you build your leadership pipeline:

  • Identify the key competencies, traits and drivers needed for successful HR executives
  • Leverage our vast network around the globe to identify emerging and current HR leaders
  • Create a leadership development program to accelerate HR executives’ contributions and impact

Delivering an exceptional and differentiated employee experience

Employee engagement is a leading indicator of organizational health and sustainable performance. Indeed, organizations with high levels of employee engagement tend to perform better than competitors in terms of innovation, productivity, customer satisfaction and financial results. But 30% of employees report that they aren’t engaged at work—and they represent a real threat to their employer, whether that is through the costs of employee turnover, the loss of their intellectual capital or negativity that may spread to the rest of their team. We help organizations build a more engaged workforce in a number of ways:

  • Survey your workforce to understand your employees’ needs and wants
  • Identify and analyze the talent and organizational levers linked to operational metrics
  • Build an employee experience program that drives alignment and change

Designing a talent strategy that enables execution of the business strategy

Human resources is just like any other business unit: it must articulate its value and demonstrate that value with tangible outcomes and sound metrics. When run strategically, HR can unlock the true power of the talent inside their organizations. Here’s how we help you unleash your talent:

  • Develop a vision that allows everyone to understand how their work connects to the organization’s success
  • Reward performance in ways that motivate and engage your people and ensure that your organization gets a good return on investment
  • Show how performance management and individual development strategies deliver greater business value

Our experts

Our experts are the best at what they do. We work with your team as an honest and inclusive partner to achieve and exceed your business goals, and we have the knowledge, expertise and experience to help you achieve greatness.