It's time to invest in HR leaders

We’re on a mission to remove the “ick” many people, from employers to employees, feel when they hear the words “human resources.”

We’re on a mission to remove the “ick” many people, from employers to employees, feel when they hear the words “human resources.”

HR professionals are the caretakers of the business world. Before you balk at that statement, let’s take a look at the scenario many HR professionals find themselves in.

Like many other people-centered professions, they experience:

Undervalued impact

  • 54% of companies don’t view HR as strategic¹ despite the fact that businesses lose 5% to their bottom line when HR sits only in compliance.¹

Underappreciated emotional labor

  • 98% of HR staff report feeling burned out.²

Under-resourced expectations

  • 73% of HR professionals say they don’t have the tools to do their job properly.²

Majority hold non-majority identities

  • 70% of HR professionals are women.³
  • 30% of HR professionals are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).³

Unlike other people professionals (teachers, nurses, etc.) HR professionals are not given any sort of social accolades for the emotional labor they do to straddle the gap between business needs and employee needs. Often, they are the butt of the joke - Toby in The Office, anyone?

Let's make a change!

As a team of empathetic, operationally curious people with marginalized identities ourselves, we know there is a systemic problem whenever we see perceived failure and struggle across such an expanse of industries, businesses, and structures. With this mindset, we refused to settle with looking at the symptoms and wanted to get to the root.

More often than not, HR professionals got into the profession because they love people and want to make a difference in the workplace.

We’ve spoken to hundreds of HR professionals who care deeply about the experience of the people at their companies.

“All you have to fall back on is your culture. And so it’s on our mind quite a lot. How do we make sure what we are providing at [our company] is clear, doesn’t come across as accidental, that our team members know it’s intentional, that they now we’re invested in it, and that they know we care about it?”

Let’s stop vilifying the individual for structural friction and a lack of resources. Myriad gives professionals the tools to flip the perception of HR from a cost center to a value generator.

Why does it matter?

If we can support HR professionals, we can make a difference in the working environment for upwards of 700,000 women and BIPOC professionals across the United States*.

Beyond individual experience in the workplace, there are real business outcomes that come from investing in human resources. With strategic HR, company profitability increases alongside improved employee experience. Companies with strategic HR functions (as opposed to compliance-focused) see an 11% improvement to the bottom line.¹ Enabling these HR professionals can finally align people and business strategy.

It's time to flip the perception and give HR the respect it deserves.


*958,520 HR professionals in US⁴: (70%) 670,964 women, (30%) 287,556 BIPOC individuals, acknowledging a likely overlap

  1. Sapient Insights 2022–2023 HR Systems Survey Research, 25th Annual Edition, Sapient Insights Group
  2. Kelly, J. (2022, October 12). 98% of HR professionals are burned out, study shows. Forbes. Retrieved March 17, 2023, from
  3. Human resources lead demographics and statistics [2023]: Number of human resources leads in the US. Human Resources Lead Demographics and Statistics [2023]: Number Of Human Resources Leads In The US. (2022, September 9). Retrieved March 17, 2023, from
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (n.d.). Oes Home. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved March 10, 2023, from

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