Your HR function can make a big difference to the success of your business, but that difference inevitably takes time to come through – not least because you can’t change people’s attitudes and actions overnight.
You need to set your sights firmly on the future and make sure you take the right steps now. Often this involves avoiding following the herd and instead focusing on what really works.”
When it’s done well, so it’s actionable, ownable and truly focused on your needs and aims, your HR function can really improve your business.
So how do you do it well? It can be tempting to do what everybody else is doing, also to do what seems at first to make the most sense. But this isn’t necessarily the right move – not least because a lot of good HR is counter-intuitive.
Here are a few key examples:
So don’t be swayed by what’s gone before or seems at first sight right. Focus your HR on what’s proven to work, no matter how counter-intuitive that might at first appear.