New "Fit for Business" Report Helps Formula

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<p><strong>London &mdash; Oct. 24</strong><br />HR plays a vital role in driving high performance and helping organizations meet targets, according to research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). A new report, published by the CIPD, sets out the building blocks needed to create a transformed HR function that will help organizations drive high performance and meet targets.     <br /><br />The new report &mdash; “Fit for Business II: Transforming HR in the Public Sector” &mdash; was the focus at a recent conference where public sector HR professionals gained inspiration from Roger Black, Olympic 400 meter silver medalist and Olympic 4 x 400 meter gold medalist.  Roger drew some sporting comparisons to HR when he said, “The most successful athletes are the individuals and teams who embrace change and are not content just to stick with one winning formula. If HR and organizations are to be excellent, they must also embrace change and be prepared to do things differently. The themes in the new Fit for Business report chime very well with what sports people need to do to be successful.”<br /><br />The report, written by David Vere and Lynne Butler of HR consultancy The Development Partnership is based on continuing research investigating the challenges public sector organizations face.  It makes recommendations for public-sector HR professionals to help overcome key challenges in their bid to achieve targets and compete against private-sector organizations for talent.  These include:<br /><br />· HR must identify the people issues that will make the greatest difference to business performance and treat them as a priority.<br /><br />· The HR reform agenda seems to neglect employee engagement &mdash; engaging employees is too important to the performance culture to be neglected.<br /><br />· A big issue for HR is still how to develop the skills and confidence to act strategically in areas such as business partnering, organizational development and change management.<br /><br />· HR needs to work more closely with senior managers to develop strong leadership and wider organizational talent.<br /><br />Mike Emmott, CIPD employee relations adviser says, &ldquo;HR professionals in the public sector will not succeed in making a more strategic impact on their own.  The issues they need to tackle are organizational issues which demand the ongoing attention of managers at the top as well as in the line.<br /> <br />&ldquo;HR needs to work with top management to identify key priorities and engage with internal customers in order to see that people management policies and practices are delivering high performance. Transforming HR is about delivering a high-quality service that meets organizational needs and achieves results.&rdquo; </p>

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