Busting HR Myths: Leveraging the Power of HR Today with Sloane Drake

Human Resources (HR) has been thrust in the spotlight lately given the fast changing workplace, and organizations are working harder to take advantage of the full capabilities HR delivers.

But there are still misconceptions about HR that prevent organizations from fully leveraging their HR talent.

HR is not just a support function, but a strategic partner that contributes to the overall success of an organization. Its evolution reflects the changing nature of work, employee expectations, and the need for organizations to adapt to remain competitive and sustainable.

Gayle Lantz speaks with Sloane Drake, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Southern Company, America’s premier energy company.

Sloane leads the company’s human resources and people focused efforts, including guiding teams focused on disability management, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), health and well-being, HR delivery, labor relations, medical services, talent acquisition, talent management, total rewards, HR technology and worker’s comp. 

She joined Southern Company in 2001 and is active in many professional and community organizations in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Sloane offers valuable perspective on the state of HR today. She shares successes and lessons learned based on her experience in the field.

Although the role of HR varies from one organization to another, this episode will help you consider how to strengthen and leverage HR in your own organization. 

This episode covers:

  • What is changing in HR
  • Common misconceptions about HR
  • Key trends impacting HR
  • How to leverage HR in the role as strategic partner
  • The importance of being proactive in driving needed change


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HR.com Gayle Lantz, founder of WorkMatters, Inc., is an Advisory Board member for HR.com. HR.com is the largest social network for HR professionals and the foremost, trusted industry resource for education, career development, and compliance.

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