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HR needs to spend less time perfecting activity
and more time focused on the impact that we are
making in the business. In others words, to move
off the "What?" in favour of the "So what?". This
will enable us to stay ahead of the complexity
and pace of the modern business environment, to
guide from the front and then coach our business
leaders to do the same.
Before moving to Australia, Rose Clements was one of the
first certified HR practitioners in the UK, p20.
One of the most critical challenges is to continuously
redefine or re-invent the role of a business partner.
This is increasingly difficult and highlights the need to
effectively translate business strategies into measurable
outcomes. Establishing credibility is critical for HR
to understand corporate direction in order to identify
opportunities and implement strategies. Without being
able to measure HR's impact on the business, there are
limits to the influence of HR innovation and creativity
to transform business strategies through people.
Vince Ritorto has overseen the downsizing of a large
workforce at the Disability Services Commission, p38.
The challenge is to make the gains in organisational
development stick. Many organisations pursue vision,
purpose and empowerment, but then find they have
to keep re-doing the work to maintain the culture.
Organisations tend to do and re-do culture change.
Developmental theory offers the idea that creating
organisations where autonomy and wholeness exist
will provide the structure to create organisations that
perform at consistently higher levels.
How do you begin to coach people out of their unconscious
bias behaviours? Peta Bayman has some answers, p26.
-- BRANCHES, PEOPLE
I think the oldies continue to be relevant, particularly
in light of changing workforce demographics, mobility
and increased technology use. Succession plans at all
levels of the organisation are crucial, as is leadership
development. I also believe that employee wellbeing in
relation to psychological health issues will increasingly
be an issue. The stigma around mental health
continues to decrease, and businesses are realising that
they need to look after employees inside and out.
It's not all fluff and fur in Desleigh White's job at the RSPCA --
resilience is required, p42.
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