I would like to get your thoughts on this issue that I currently have. I am in a standalone HR role, as HR Manager for a small company (35 employees). When I joined it was a new HR role and they didn't really know how big the role would be, in terms of hours mainly. Its a part time role, and involves some office management duties although these were an add-on because they were worried I wouldn't be busy enough.
The role has grown and gone from being what was initially a fairly administrative role to provider the managing director with advice on a number of complex issues (settlement agreement with a Director being the most recent one!). I have over 20 years of HR experience and they realised quite early that I was capable of doing more.
I attend some of the management meetings however I now feel that I should be a part of the management team and I am not sure if anyone else has had experience of having to convince senior leaders of your 'worth'! I know I am valued and the other members of the management team either think I am part of the team or should be. But the MD is very traditional and sees HR as support, not strategic and that from an operational perspective does not think I need to be in all the meetings. It's not about status for me, although I do believe I am paid for the role I took on, not the one I am currently doing.
Anyone else had similar issues?