Is Human Resources a Power Player in Your Organization?
By: Melonie Boone, MBA, MJ, PHR, Founder, Boone Management Group, Inc.
After working over 14 year in companies of varying sizes and industries and now supporting various clients through Boone Management Group, there is one thing that I know for sure; Human Resources has a huge impact on an organization. HR leaders/future leaders need to have the skill and competence to be power players in their organization by adding quantifiable value while contributing to organizational success.
You canâ€™t settle for just giving HR a seat at the table. Human Resources has to be a power player tying strategic HR initiatives to organizational goals. Create a value add department that produces results and contributes to the organizations growth.
In the evolved business world, a Human Resources leader must transcend the typical administrative cost center stereotype and be seen as a valuable contributor. Whether you have an internal person handling your Human Resources function or you work with a consultant, strategy has to be the top priority.
So how can you make this transition for your organization? You have to have the right person in the HR seat! Look for a person or consultant who:
Knows the whole business: Donâ€™t go for the stereotype of â€œitâ€™s just HRâ€!Your Human Resources Leader should have a good understanding of all aspects of the business including Finance, Operations, IT, Sales & Marketing and the overall Business Strategy. This person should get out and asking questions. Find out whatâ€™s going on in the organization. Talk to leaders as well as employees to strengthen their relationships.
Measure, Measure, Measure: Create quantifiable metrics that not only measure the departmentâ€™s success, but the impact on the companyâ€™s bottom line. This is a collaborative function that should work with other leaders in the organization to determine what measurements are important to them. Add these measurements to what is important to the HR department and share the data. HR can help identify efficiencies and inefficiencies. Help put a plan in place to address the organizations challenges. Implement the plan, measure success, hold people accountable and be a solution provider.
Continuous Development: Human Resources is a field that is ever-evolving so your HR Leader and team must devote themselves to continued development. Learning opportunities all around us donâ€™t let them pass your team by.
Internal & External Networker: Building and maintaining relationships and alliances across organizational functions could be the difference between success and failure. Your HR leader shouldnâ€™t spend all their time networking externally and forget about internal opportunities. Having someone who has a strong network of people in the HR industry and in other disciplines as a resource will add to the organizations knowledge-base and the leaderâ€™s effectiveness in their role.
Create the Culture: Create a culture of respect and value for your HR department and team. Except nothing less than the best and remember to balance the organizations and the employeeâ€™s needs. Leverage your HR power player to grow your business.
The role of human resources has evolved. The human resources professional of today must be tasks masters, strategists, creative problem solvers, innovators and organizational leaders. There will certainly be challenges but when you are able to quantify your organizations HR initiatives, tie them directly to the organizations goals and help your organization grow, you have created a paradigm that will help your organization gain momentum and thrive!
Melonie Boone, MBA, MJ, PHR, Founder of Boone Management Group Inc., is a business strategist and executive leader with comprehensive experience in business optimization and human resources strategy. She works as a member of senior management to optimize strategic planning in support of organizational growth, bringing proven results in business strategy advising and directing human resources operations in diverse organizations across multiple states. Contact Melonie directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.