Focus in Human Resources
To build more Focus, some questions for you to ask yourself
- What else do I need to know in order to truly understand my business and how HR drives value for us or for the customer?
- How can I take a fresh look at how my function, or my activities, are directed and how we allocate our time and resources?
- What options do I have in re-scoping, re-shaping and re-directing what we do in human resources?
Building Focus strategically – creating clarity and leadership to ensure that your resources are deployed in line with business priorities
This involves taking a real step back so that you can get the full picture. Take a deep breath from daily pressures and book time in your diary to scope out three key areas:
- Context – what are the priorities and issues that are critical to your organization right now, and into the future? What drives success in your market or community?
- People – how can you open up new conversations that take you to a deeper level of insight and collaboration with key stakeholders? How can they help you ensure that your focus is in the right areas?
- Process – how well represented is HR in strategic discussions? How can you evolve your planning processes so they’re even more closely integrated with the business?
Building Focus tactically – making realistic and pragmatic decisions about how you spend your time and energy, and justifying them
Creating a situation where you’re clear about your overall direction and priorities is the first step. Then you can make effective choices from day to day, hour to hour, about what you actually do. Focus involves making this a conscious, proactive process, continually challenging how closely you establish the links between your effort, right now, and results.
As James Cracknell, Olympic rower, asks: ‘will this make the boat go faster?’
When you make practical and pragmatic decisions about how you spend your time and energy, it becomes much easier to justify them to the business. ‘We do x because it leads to more of y, and y contributes to the bottom line. Take a look at these numbers to see the relationship between the two’.
Creating an appetite for your solutions
Focus is about successful implementation, and reaping the rewards of your intervention in a way that’s valued by the organization. Ensuring this happens needs to be at the front of our minds from the very beginning. Consulting and collaborating are key – asking the right people the right questions about their needs. What are the required business outcomes as well as HR outcomes? As we consult, we learn about the business and also we build relationships. Because we have invested in two-way dialogue about what’s practical and fit-for purpose, the door will be already open when we’re ready to implement. Stakeholders will be willing and eager to play an active role and evaluate the benefit with us.
Identifying and adapting best practice
There are some wonderful technical, specialist HR solutions available today that can have a real appeal to us as professionals: eg. in talent management, reward, HR software, or performance management. Being ‘context savvy’ and ‘business savvy’ means that we have to start from the inside of the organization. Often the simplest solutions are the most effective. It is certainly easier to ‘internally market’ solutions that are in the language of your stakeholders, rather than use HR jargon. Focus keeps your feet on the ground. With our tight resources and increasing demands, we can only afford to invest in projects that will work.
How the 7 enable-HR Facets provide a holistic framework for success in Human Resources
Whatever level you’re working at in Human Resources, we’d love to help you in your role and your career.
Whether you are a Human Resources Director, HR Manager, HR Business Partner, HR specialist, HR professional or CIPD student, Contact us for a chat about what you’d like to achieve.
- Our HR Team Workshops provide a stimulating and focused intervention to engage you all in discussing together the kind of function you want to be and how you want to operate, and how to get there.
- Our specialist HR coaches work one-to-one with you, usually using phone or Skype, at times to fit into your busy day.
- If you want to engage your key stakeholders in reviewing what you do, we offer a 360-degree Evaluation Tool that can be tailored to your particular situation. This feedback can then be compared with your own perceptions in a way that will truly drive added value to the business.
- Alternatively, go straight to our online Self-evaluation Tool. A 10-page Development Report will arrive in your Inbox immediately to inspire you with fresh ideas for your development. You can take it from there.
Our approach is designed to fit into your day and target your unique development requirements. Because we understand the challenges faced by HR people, it’s totally relevant, and time-effective. Check out our services and costs.
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