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The 4 best ways to keep HR in the box

29th, March 2014
 
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by Tom Haak
 
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HR in the box

We have been approached lately a couple of times with the question: How can we keep HR in the box?
Below some simple recipes that have certainly helped others.

  1. Give them a copy of Dave Ulrichs “Human Resource Champions”, ask them to read the book and to organize the HR department according to the simple framework in the book. This will slow them down substantially, and probably years later they will still be trying to figure out who is the strategic business partner and who not.
  2. Ask for a resource planning system. Say you want all your employees in a system, with their capabilities, skills, potential and wishes. So that when there is a resource request the suitable people can be found, with more or less one push on the button. Success HR!
  3. Add talent management and career planning to the mix: wouldn’t it be nice if we had a clear view on all the talent in the world, and if we could map the talent on the standard career paths (divided in job families)? We will give you some time to build this, HR. Can you do this in 12 months?
  4. Hire some external advisors to advice HR on how to increase their impact. Most advisors like integrated all encompassing models that need to be implemented with involvement of large numbers of staff. Difficult for HR to resist and the operational burden of implementation will keep them busy.

Success!

 

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About the Author: Tom Haak

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Tom Haak is the founder and director of The HR Trend Institute. Prior to founding the HR Trend Institute in 2014, Tom held senior HR positions in companies as Arcadis, Aon, KPMG and Philips. The HR Trend Institute detects, follows and encourages smart and creative use of trends in the field of people and organizations, and also in adjacent areas.