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HR transformation: Why you shouldn’t change for change’s sake…

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As a term, ‘HR Transformation’ is well over 20 years old, first proposed as a revolutionary idea back in the mid-1990s. Concepts pioneered by Professor David Ulrich, such as HR Business Partners and Shared Services we’re linked to it, and have since set the standard for how HR departments should be structured. As more powerful technology emerges in HR, big budgets continue to be poured into sizeable HR transformation projects. But do they really work? Or is change delivered more effectively when implemented in a pragmatic, incremental approach? In this blog post, we’ll look at why ‘big-bang’ HR transformation programmes…

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Why productivity should no longer be your main measure of success

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In recent years, ‘productive’ has become the watchword for a positive day at the office. Such has been the persistent push of productivity as a measure of success, the term now permeates everyday life – as likely to be heard around the dinner table of the average employee, as it is in the boardroom. But while we have seemingly become accustomed to judging the value of our day purely by our output, should productivity really be the sole measure of success? Modern thinking suggests perhaps not – and it’s the job of HR to find smarter ways to evaluate performance…

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Maintaining a single version of truth for HR data

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In the era of big data, most HR departments could be considered something of a gold mine. From timesheets and recruitment info to contracts and performance data, there’s an endless stream of valuable employee information buried deep in your business – and bringing it all together is the key to unlocking HR’s strategic potential. For many years ‘strategic’ has been HR’s desired direction of travel, and data holds the key in enabling the function to play it’s part in shaping business strategy and driving growth. People data once helped simply to show what is happening in your organisation – such…

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Measuring the success of your HR software project

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The theoretical benefits of HR software, such as greater automation, centralised reporting and significantly reduced administration, are widely known. But, any investment you make into HR software should come with a commitment to measuring real, tangible outcomes – that is, if you want to ensure your HR software project is seen as a success. When thinking about measurement, you also need to think beyond the HR department. For example, how will the benefits translate specifically to your business? How will the software impact, not just the efficiency of your HR department, but also contribute to the performance of the organisation…

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7 signs your HR department is overwhelmed

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With a key part to play in employee engagement, experience and welfare, your HR department may well be attuned to spotting signs of stress or discontent among the workforce – but what if those signals come from inside your own department? HR roles carry a notorious administrative burden, and it’s not uncommon for the strain of an overwhelming workload to damage the morale, productivity or even the mental wellbeing of your team. Yet struggling HR staff might be the last people in your business to put their hands up and call for help. After all, they’re the ones meant to…

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