No need for human resource

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No need for human resource

  1. 1. No need for human resource
  2. 2. • The time has come for HR (Human Resources) departments to call it a day. HR departments often portray themselves as a valued business partner for management and staff alike. However, how can anyone take a department seriously that refers to people as ‘resources’?
  3. 3. • Nothing matters more to companies than the people who work there. Companies are nothing without the right people! And I am sure that not one, single individual wants to be referred to as a ‘human resource’. • So, the first point I want to make is that the name is wrong: very wrong. It signals to everyone that this department manages ‘human resources’ in a top-down fashion, i.e. managing humans in a similar way to other resources such as finance, property or machines. If departments can’t see that this is sending out the wrong messages, then they don’t deserve to be there anyway.
  4. 4. • Another issue is that HR departments are trying to serve two masters – which, in most cases, is not very successful. On the one hand, they are there to provide support for the employees and, on the other hand, they are there for the company and the senior management to help manage (and monitor, discipline, appraise, etc.) employees. This conflict of interest can cause friction and in many instances HR departments swing to the ‘support the company’ side, rather than the ‘support the employees’ side.
  5. 5. • There is more. We can argue about whether the name is right or wrong, or whether the focus should be on the company or on the employees, but what really matters is whether HR delivers value. I have recently seen a number of companies that shut their HR departments down completely; outsourced the function or reduced it to a minimum.
  6. 6. • The reason they have done it, and not suffered any significant throw-back, is because HR wasn’t delivering any real value. Most of their time was taken up with bureaucratic and administrative tasks or legal issues. If HR doesn’t deliver some unique benefits then outsourcing it makes a lot of business sense
  7. 7. • Three years ago, Toronto-based G Adventures held a funeral for its human resources department. • "We had a company function where I put up crossbones and skull with the title 'Death of HR,' " says Bruce Poon Tip, founder of the adventure-travel company, which employs 1,500 people.
  8. 8. • Poon Tip took the drastic action after spending a year looking for a veteran of the field tobecome vice president of human resources, which would have been a new position overseeing the five-person department. He received 600 rèsumès and spent months interviewing candidates. • "Every meeting I had, I couldn't wait for it to end," he says. "It seemed like HR was the art of oppression. I knew I didn't want that in my company."
  9. 9. • The debate over HR's shifting function and format continues, but it is apparent that as executives shift their corporate priorities, HR is following suit. Some companies have chosen to outsource their HR functions; others have shifted responsibilities to frontline managers in efforts to transform HR leaders into business leaders; and some, like G Adventures, have no HR department whatsoever.
  10. 10. • Poon Tip moved administrative tasks into the finance department and created two new departments. The so-called "talent agency" focuses on recruiting and talent management. The "culture club," where everyone has the title "karma chameleon"—named after the hit 1980s song sung by Boy George—organizes everything from fundraisers for the company's nonprofit foundation to holding celebrations whenever G Adventures wins an award.
  11. 11. • Poon Tip's approach wouldn't work for many organizations, but a growing number of companies are reimagining their HR structures along with who executes their people strategies. Almost 45 percent of organizations indicated that they will change their HR structure by the end of 2014, according to Towers Watson & Co.'s 2012 HR Service Delivery Survey, up from 28 percent in the previous year's survey.
  12. 12. conclusion
  13. 13. Thank you…! Have an nice day.. 

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