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24 January 2017
Executive Summary: High Impact HR - How do we create a more business-relevant function?
In today's rapidly changing business environment, it's more important than ever for HR to be commercial, close to the business, and clearly aligned to business strategy. However, the reality for many organisations is that HR is often disconnected from business priorities, and HR's contribution to critical strategic and commercial objectives is not always clear.
CRF’s new research report considers the current state of the HR function, and looks at the role HR should play in helping develop and execute strategy, and how HR can become more business-relevant. This executive summary examines the key findings from the research.
CRF Learning's upcoming programme is a development course aimed at existing HR Business Partners, specialists moving into the role or HR managers ready for a more strategic position. This programme will examine the attitudes that differentiate great HRBP’s and by working through CRF’s Strategic HR framework, enhance your capabilities in a range of areas to increase your effectiveness.
CRF has been researching the field of HRM, and turning this into actionable recommendations implemented by HR functions, for over 20 years. We have built an understanding of how the function has evolved, how its reputation has varied and the fads that have come and gone. We have gained insight into what works, what doesn’t, and under what circumstances. Our work contrasts with many self-appointed experts and gurus offering their view of the world based on unsubstantiated opinions. We prefer an approach rooted in the principles of social science based on evidence.
Our intention in this manifesto is to give our views on the business context, the necessary organisation response and how and in what way the HR function can make an enhanced contribution.
Are we thinking about employee engagement in the right way? This presentation by Theresa Welbourne explores a different perspective on looking at engagement and employee engagement programmes. Moving from simply looking at engagement itself to asking a question - Engaging in What?
Are employee engagement programmes delivering results for business and is there any evidence to back the effectiveness of such programmes? In his morning presentation at the workshop, Rob Briner takes a look at the evidence behind employee engagement as a tool for performance management. Through research examples and data on job satisfaction and tenure in the UK, USA and Germany, Rob presents the evidence behind employee engagement as management tool. However, is it sufficient?
Is employee engagement simply a bandwagon HR professionals are jumping on and if so, how should we think about employee engagement and what are the alternatives? In his second presentation at the CRF workshop in Munich, Rob Briner answers these questions.
Employee Engagement: Current Practices and Practicalities
The concept of employee engagement has provoked a great deal of debate since being introduced 25 years ago. Its supporters would claim that engagement programmes can enhance organisational performance when the energy generated from engagement is routed on the path needed to achieve organisational goals.
This is CRF's third report on the subject of engagement and focuses on what is currently happening in organisations in practice, and looking for similarities and differences across cultures, sectors and types of workforce. The report explores what business imperatives stimulate organisations to take engagement initiatives, the frameworks they adopt, what they hope to achieve and what is really happening in getting managers, employees and others to behave differently.
Creating an Inclusive Culture - What did we discover?
In this opening presentation during CRF masterclass - Creating a Truly Inclusive Culture - Wanda clarifies the definition of diversity versus inclusion, addresses the key issues and why this matters, reviews the highlights of the CRF member survey and identifies where organisations should focus their attention when it comes to inclusion.