Remember that cute little blonde you had a crush on when you were ten but were to shy to approach or even kiss during that awkward game of spin the bottle. Well you're a big boy know so you better start taking action, especially if you're in Human Resources otherwise some big finance guy is going to waltz right in and sweep Blondie off her feet. It’s time for action.
If you believe the status quo will remain in HR, your wrong. Times are a changing and if you want to stay ahead of the proverbial curve, start paying attention to the business executives. Human Resources is being outsourced and the pace of outsourcing will continue to increase as corporate CFO’s look at value creation in companies. So what can you do? Here are a few thoughts:
1. Start making HR a business center
HR can help the business be more successful and it should have the metrics to back it up. Engage business executives by showing that you understand their business and that HR can be a participating partner by engaging in strategy development.
2. Be business centric first
You need to focus on business strategy and everything you do needs to help the business succeed as long as it respects company culture and drives the companies talent management strategy.
3. Focus on culture
HR must be the lead with the CEO and corporate executives on driving a culture of excellence. This is job one. You can do this by:
4. Talent is still a key focus
Attracting, developing and retaining the best talent is critical to the innovation engine of the company.
5. Outsource functions that are legal and process bound
Some things are best done from outside the corporate walls. Look at things like:
Do your own analysis based on your business model and needs. Do it or have someone else decide for you.
6. Be innovative and take risks
The above will get you underway but a true HR leader knows their business better than anyone else and must innovate and create new opportunities for their company to thrive in. To do so they must take risks and spin the bottle. Just remember that once you have spun the bottle and it points to a destination, you must take the leap and embrace it.
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