How to make sure that business leaders value their HR Business Partner

Interview with Sarah Neale, Head of HR at Gazprom Marketing & Trading This is a tough one. When Ulrich created the HRBP concept, it sounded like a brilliant solution to the reactive cycle that’s so common in HR.  Changing HR roles and responsibilities has proved to be only part of the solution. The day-to-day urgency of many demands from line managers can still create a downwards…

“Perhaps we should outsource the HR function.” Heresy or just a fact of corporate life?

Would business leaders fight for your HR function? It’s the Board meeting at your organisation, and a Director says; ‘the company next door has cut the budget for HR by 30% by outsourcing the entire department – we could do that.’  What would happen next?  A riot of objection, or a thoughtful pause while it’s considered?  How do companies decide what their…

Building credibility of HR as Business Leaders

Leadership is critical in all organisations and, in the current workplace instability, HR leaders need to stand out as business leaders too.  HR is a complex function, and leaders in HR face demands and opportunities that could transform the function – if the depth of their understanding of the business can shine through. Why is leadership in Human Resources more important than…

AI and HR

Technological change has been evolving for decades, and work has evolved continuously.  Artificial Intelligence, however, suddenly seems like a revolution.  The workplace could, or even should, change dramatically.  If you’re in HR you have a choice – play a leading role, or play catch up.  Before I researched this, I thought AI was being hyped up and would take time to feed…

HR must lead its own Transformation

Transformation is a BIG word.  How could this possibly apply to the Human Resources function?  Especially if you’re applying the same expertise and your desk doesn’t move.  We can learn from some research by KPMG on HR transformations that don’t work: ‘The common characteristics for failure of HR initiatives were: organizations not changing roles or structure consistent with their transformation (85 percent),…

Measuring HR effectiveness

It’s always been tough to measure HR’s contribution to business results.  One real challenge is that we’re not in total control of whether our efforts succeed or fail.  In everything we do, we are partners with leaders and line managers.  While HR activities can affect every single employee, they do not report to us from day to day.  There are some accepted…

Trends in Learning

Digital learning methods become ever more popular, enabling learners to access the learning when and where they want it, and via a mix of dynamic media.  It can be extremely cost-effective, and naturally can seem attractive to the digital generation. However, what’s the most important ingredient to make sure that it really achieves the change you want?  Recent research shows that it’s…

Extend and deepen HR Relationships

Our research into HR trends showed that we are good at collaborating across our field, but could partner more effectively with other parts of the business.  Open and trusting relationships help us to learn about how our business really works, and we can draw in insight and expertise that can help us in new ways. How would you evaluate the quality and…

Human Resources as politically-savvy Business Partners

HR Development Framework

Every HR decision has a political dimension that demands care both intellectually and behaviourally.  In other words, to misquote Bananarama, it is what you say and the way that you say it – that’s what gets results. Which of these scenarios do you recognise? We’ve done the research and know we’ve proposed a great solution and yet we failed to make the…

New way of making complex HR decisions?

When we gathered together our research for enable-hr, there was clear confirmation of something we knew already as Human Resources practitioners.  We get involved in some pretty tricky situations.  No other function has to balance quite so many considerations in just about every decision.  Resolving an alleged fondle during a staff Christmas party, and dealing with a Director fudging sales figures to…