Dazzling efforts make the business case

first_imgAfter the fantastic celebrations at the Personnel Today Awards last week,it’s appropriate to reflect on how much HR has changed in just a few years. Our awards are now in their fifth year and in the excitement of GrosvenorHouse, London, on Thursday, it was apparent to everyone that HR is no longer aprofession with an inferiority complex. HR has got real attitude and confidence– and that’s got nothing to do with all the partying. The common traits found in the 39 teams shortlisted across 13 categorieswere their innovation, decisiveness, teamwork and passion for the role. Theywere also 110 per cent focused on helping the business or organisation achieveits strategic goals. Typical comments from judges included: “closely involved with seniormanagement and other key stakeholders”, “radically transforming theway they do business”, “successfully engaging employees at all levelsto achieve outstanding results”, and “spectacular achievements”.The finalists often surprised the judges with their tenacity to drive changeunder difficult circumstances. Let’s face it, 2003 has been another tough year for business and the climatefor investment in HR initiatives has not been sunny. Yet these teams haveovercome inertia and all sorts of obstacles to build strong business cases fortheir actions. Great leadership was a major factor and special tributes should be given tothe HR managers and their directors heading up these teams. They have showntireless advocacy and commitment in changing behaviours and attitudes towardsthe line that people really are the greatest source of competitive advantage. The public and voluntary sector organisations performed extremely well thisyear, proving that trailblazing HR work is thriving in environments where thepolitical context is often difficult and funding hard to win. Although we had to pick category winners, in reality all 39 finalists havebeen stars. They are an inspiration to a more proactive and confidentprofession. They underline just what it takes for HR to earn the respect andinfluence it richly deserves within the boardrooms and top teams oforganisations everywhere. By Jane King, editor Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Dazzling efforts make the business caseOn 2 Dec 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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