Monday, October 20, 2014

If Human Resources is going to change then you may well need human resources

Over the past few weeks I have been both watching with interest and participating in discussions around the need for Human Resources to change their game. There are a few people who now consider themselves to be "game changes", but they are struggling with gaining any real traction.

One of the main hurdles they seem to face is being able to balance their ability to drive change with getting bogged down in normal HR administrative tasks. I've been reading comments on Social Media platforms that show a lot of frustration in this area.

We've probably all heard the phrase "Working on the business, not in the business". From my observations, a lot of these game changers are working in HR, not on HR. It is fair near impossible to have the capacity to implement new ideas and strategies when you are tied up with performance reviews, disciplinary action and salary negotiations along with a raft of other projects.

Most people are busy in their day to day jobs. The recent recession has meant that businesses have taken on a lean approach, allowing no person to be sitting on the bench. The change that this affects you is reasonably high.

If you are acting as a game changer, then you may need to consider your capacity to carry out your current job along with additional self inflicted responsibilities. You will need to work out a plan that will allow you to extract yourself from working in HR to allow you to work on HR.

Work on a plan that you can present to senior management that outlines the time and focus that you will need to have to allow you to solve some of the most pressing issues. With good research you should be able to provide evidence of a return on investment. ROI is often the easiest way to support an argument. Also ensure that your justification is inline with the CEO's top priorities.

As a part of this plan, you may need to recruit further people into the department to replace some of your existing functions. Make sure that you are not giving yourself unrealistic responsibilities that will bog you down even further. Plan for a 32 hour week, not a 40 hour week, otherwise you'll burn yourself out.  Afterall, this is basic resource planning.

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