Are People Really Your Greatest Asset?

  We’ve all heard this before: People are our greatest asset. As an employee, do you believe it? As a manager, do you believe it? Standard & Poors clearly considers People as one of the 3 top components of a business’s value. Experts often refer to key assets as Capital. When it comes to executing…

Agility: A Critical Capability For Today’s Businesses

As a dog owner and animal-lover, when I hear the word “agility” I first think about dogs, and the obstacle courses they are trained to navigate competitively.  Then there’s a favorite video of a squirrel running an obstacle course to get nuts.  These are fun examples of how animals change what they do and how…

Why H.R.’s Organizational Structure Matters

The work of H.R. is continuously changing.  As the Human Resources function evolves to become a stronger, more strategic partner to the business, new priorities continue to shape what we do and how we do it.  Metrics, Analytics, Workforce Planning, Succession Planning, Job Evaluation, Job Design, Recruiting, Employee Engagement, Performance Management, Compensation, Benefits, Rewards — these are…

WIIFM To Join Your Organization?

It has become a norm to structure organizations to be “flat”.  Flat organizations have concise organization charts and short chains of command.  What do today’s organizations tend to lack?  Assembler I, II, III,  Technician I, II, III, Paths for Assemblers to become Technicians and for Technicians to become Field Support Specialists. Career Paths that include both…

3 Critical Months In The Life Of A Manufacturing Plant

Once upon a time, not too long ago, there was a precision metal-working plant in in the Northeast USA.  This plant had been through lots of upheaval due to a string of acquisitions, and the formerly unionized workforce was now non-union, with most of the original employees having successfully evolved with each change. The time came when a…

When it Comes to Systems and Tools, 1 Size Does Not Fit All.

Anyone who has worked in several organizations either as an employee or as a consultant has most likely observed that there are many approaches to building effectiveness and efficiency in organizations large and small and in every industry. Often-times, we do benchmarking against competitors, surveys, and we use Best Practices. As an H.R. professional for…

What is H.R.’s Strategic Role?

H.R. is generally a participant with the executive team in establishing the business strategy. But H.R.’s strategic role goes well beyond a team role in deciding the strategy. Execution is where most organizations struggle or fail, and H.R. can significantly impact execution. There are six Keys to Strategy Execution (KSEs) that are essential to optimize…