Is Your HR Management Strategizing for Success?

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Human resources has grown beyond the traditional functions of its youth.

No longer solely responsible for managing employee records or benefits, HR professionals are now focused on developing strategies for developing the workforce.

Largely made possible by innovations in software technology, this trend towards growing and managing talent—what most analysts refer to as strategic HR—can make a significant impact on your organization’s success.

But what exactly is strategic HR?

Redefining Instead of Re-Engineering HR

HR professionals are taking on broader roles to act as organizational advocates, coaches and consultants.

This new breed of HR functionality oversees three core strategic HR functions:

  • Talent Management focuses on acquiring, on-boarding, and developing talent through employees’ entire life-cycles within organizations.
  • Learning Management focuses on managing the process of developing hard and soft skills, monitoring certifications, and rolling out training courses.
  • Workforce Management focuses on processes managers rely on to manage daily staffing tasks such as time tracking and shift scheduling so they can focus on big picture operational needs.

A key driver in the development of strategic HR has been the adoption of web-based HR software.

HR software solutions focused on best practices in newly emerging functions (talent management, learning management, workforce management) involve both managers and employees in important processes like hiring and performance reviews.

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By automating core HR functions, managers have more time to focus on improving performance and efficiency.

Furthermore, organizations are better able to take a strategic perspective on big-picture practices such as hiring better people, setting performance goals and improving talent effectiveness.

Results of Attaining World Class HR

Although it’s no cakewalk, organizations that have mastered the traditional and the strategic HR functions see a positive impact on their organizational effectiveness.

In a 2007 study conducted by The Hackett Group, HR Best Practices, found that organizations executing “World Class HR,” had several key outcomes as a result

  • lower labor costs
  • increased HR efficiency and
  • drastically reduced turnover


Making the Change

Organizations that are serious about transitioning into strategic HR should be prepared for some growing pains.

Safeguard yourself and your organization, and take time to put in your due diligence now.

If you do your homework, research best practices and compare software to find what best fits your unique organization, you can ease this transition.

Establishing an effective, strategic HR framework that can grow with your organization over time is no small task, but it’s undoubtedly worthwhile.

Editor’s Note / Update

Since Kyle’s contribution of this post, an additional factor to a successful HR management strategy is HR Analytics, or more correctly dubbed by Josh Bersin, People Analytics.

The evolution of the cloud, big data (terabytes or bigger), the shrinking workforce, and the ever accelerating rate of change of technology that is now on the upward leg of its logarithmic pace, has forced the hand of HR — it is and must evolve from being a policy enforcer to an active contributor within an organization.

HR owns most, if not all, of the non-profit overhead data that has now become critically important to an organizations profit line.

This has also thrown the

need to learn to ask the right questions

importance of performing a detailed needs assessment before any project is undertaken

critical importance of the learning how to think instead of learning what to think

gaining and retaining the most relevant talent that is working in their right environment

gaining and maintaining a competitive edge while working with fewer human yet more effective technical resources

into the limelight all at the same time.

Without a doubt this is a tall order even for the best equipped.

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Kyle Lagunas

Research manager, emerging trends and technologies -- talent acquisition and staffing at IDC

Kyle Lagunas is research manager for IDC's emerging trends and technologies in a newly created talent acquisition and staffing practice.

In this role, Kyle leads IDC's research on the most recent developments in recruiting and staffing software, services, and consulting.

This research puts talent acquisition into the broader context of an integrated talent strategy.

He’s an avid tech enthusiast and GenY advocate and his work has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Business Insider, Information Weekly, The Huffington Post, and many other sources.

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