Defining Business Acumen

What is business acumen? Business acumen is having a strong understanding of the business so that you can provide the best solution for effectiveness – and therefore profitability – of the business. It is the human resources that determine the effectiveness of all other resources in the organization. We are in charge of the people, and the people are what make our companies successful or not. All starts with us. Small HR professionals must:

  • Become more knowledgeable about the business. 
  • Understand how the business works, financially and operationally. 
  • Continue to innovate to keep our companies competitive. 


Do you feel as if you can improve upon your current level of business acumen? To get you started, take our online course earning you 5 preapproved Business HRCI credits and 5 SHRM recertification credits – at your desk and on your schedule. The online course, Business Acumen for HR Professionals, can be found by following this link. You can also learn more about business acumen through reading Jennifer´s book, earning you 3 additional SHRM credits. The book, Developing Business Acumen, can be found by following this link. Start sharpening your business acumen today!