December 15 , 2017

Whitepapers

DIVERSITY RECRUITING IS A FAILURE – IT’S TIME TO RAISE THE BAR!

Given that businesses today are faced with greater and greater challenges, the ability to strategically leverage the benefits of an effective DRP can provide firms with a valuable competitive advantage. The global business arena is faced with overwhelming pressure for constant innovation and reinvention.  Successful DRP’s provide the potential to enable firms to acquire the human resources to effectively tackle ... Read More »

How to Keep Your HR Budget From Being Cut

It's all about productivity! Become an "HR Hero" HR needs to recognize (if it doesn't already) that during tight times the CFO and managers alike all want one basic thing. And that thing is… increased productivity which they define as results or outputs per dollar spent.  Incidentally they don't particularly care how it's done, as long as it is done. ... Read More »

Why VPs of HR Never Become CEO’s

WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A GREAT CEO (OR VP OF HR)! There are literally hundreds of books written by and about CEO's. Each has a similar list of “their” required competencies for success. However when you compare the behaviors and the competencies that it takes to become a successful CEO with the behaviors actually exhibited by current VPs of ... Read More »

The Case Against Outsourcing HR

There are many day-to-day "things" that can go wrong when outsourcing any portion of an organizations processes, let alone a major segment of any function.   It is not the purpose of this article to highlight each of them, but rather to take a step back and look at why, as a basic strategy, the use of outsourcing should be minimized. ... Read More »

Firms Need A Dramatic Increase In Productivity… And Now Is The Time For HR To Accept Responsibility

Productivity Defined The term productivity means different things to different people. To an economist, it is a relatively dry economic term that compares the output of entire countries relative to each dollar invested. However, for the purpose if this article productivity will be defined as a measure of efficiency with regards to the use of human resources within a firm. ... Read More »

Proving Things Work in Business – It’s Not That Hard

Start out by … Realizing most business managers didn’t get to where they are on “feelings and thinking.” They are numbers people. If you provide them with “ideas” without proof that your ideas will produce measurable results, they will not listen to you. Although they might say they are risk takers (actions speak louder than words) they want to take ... Read More »

HR IS A PROFIT CENTER, AND HERE’S HOW TO PROVE IT

Focusing on Cost Containment is Less Strategic than Driving Revenue Growth For the past decade the human resource function has operated under the myopic focus that process efficiency was the most critical deliverable in the enterprise.  While this misguided focus can be partially attributed to external pressure from the finance function and the budgeting process, such pressure can in most ... Read More »

Did HR Cause The Downfall of Enron?*

I’m still not buying into HR taking responsibility! Now before you dismiss this notion take a step back and think. Did Enron fail because of bad equipment, actions by the competitors or a collapse in the financial markets or the economy? The answer, of course, is no. Did the collapse come from: A one time slip in judgment A few ... Read More »

HR NEEDS TO FINALLY TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE MANAGEMENT RESULTS… AND STOP THE EXCUSES

Being Strategic Means Taking Ownership And Being Accountable Almost by definition, strategic people assume responsibility for getting things done and for producing results.  For example, CFO's assume responsibility for financial systems, CIO’s for information and computing systems and the head of retail operations for producing retail sales results.  Individuals in HR claim that they are "strategic partners" but for some ... Read More »

Metrics — The Future of HR

In addition, the increased access to the Internet coupled with better hardware and software means that metrics can be calculated almost instantly and reported to almost anyone at minimal costs.  Fields that used to rely on intuition such as marketing, purchasing (now known as supply chain) and manufacturing have made this shift toward the use of metrics in everything they ... Read More »