HR Strategy

XCD has put together a range of useful resources on the topic of HR strategy. Below, you can read our insights and watch out webinars to learn more about the importance of strategy in the future of HR. 

What is HR strategy?

HR strategy aims to link recruitment, people management, and performance to a business' long-term objectives and goals. Going beyond the administrative day-to-day work associated with HR, this involves creating strategic plans that relate to the ways work and the modern workplace are changing. It also integrates other aspects such as recruitment, reward, and performance into the wider business strategy.

HR leadership

HR strategy doesn't simply react to business strategy - the most forward-thinking HR professionals are proactively developing strategic plans that go hand-in-hand with business objectives. In these resources, we consider how HR teams can develop strategic plans in line with business strategy to achieve organizational success. 

With 83% of business leaders arguing that HR spends too much time on transactional processes and too little on strategy, it's important for highly strategic HR leaders to develop ways to demonstrate their strategic value to the business. This helpful infographic illuminates some of the ways that Human Resources professionals can demonstrate their strategic planning and align this with business goals. 

Writer Dave Ulrich proposed the Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) model in his 1997 book Human Resources Champions, envisioning HR as an innovative and strategic partner which helps work directly towards business goals. Rather than being weighed down with organisational admin, HR as a business partner can spend more time developing strategies which align with business objectives. In this article, we explore how HR can become more effective by incorporating the strategic business partner model.  

HR strategy in the changing workplace

One aspect of truly strategic Human Resources is adapting to the ever-changing world of work. With changing demographics in the workplace, a growing digital transformation, and of course the rapid changes developing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the HR strategy landscape is shifting faster than ever. In these resources, we consider how HR's strategic planning can take the changing workforce and world of work into account. 

With Gen Z employees now entering the workplace, bridging the gap between employees of different generations is a growing challenge for line managers in all industries. In this article, we explore how HR can foster cross-generation collaboration to ensure that your organisation benefits from the range of insights, skills, and experiences offered by employees of different ages. 

Need to create a communications plan for easing the transition back into the workplace following the Covid-19 pandemic? Our downloadable 5 step HR comms plan can help you navigate this challenging time. 

The impact of Covid-19 on organisations all around the world has been profound, and there are key lessons for Human Resources professionals to take away from the experience. We've created an on-demand webinar series that brings together experts from the HR, technology, and services sector to discuss the role of strategic HR in helping organisations recover from the pandemic. 

Termed the 'Great Resignation' in newspaper headlines, the record numbers of job quitters in America has caused a lot of worry to HR and business leaders. This guest blog by Barry Flack analyses this new trend and explores the ways that HR professionals can rise to the challenge posed by this shift.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been detrimental to many organisations' company culture, with remote working, Zoom fatigue, and social distancing all damaging team culture. Moving forward, it's vital to rebuild this company culture to be stronger and more resilient than before. In this article, we share expert tips for HR's culture-building strategy in the short and long term. 

The future of HR strategy

What does the future hold for Human Resources strategy? These resources look to the future to analyse how strategic planning will become more essential than ever in the organisations of the future. 

So much has changed for businesses since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, and HR strategy has been required to adapt rapidly. In this article, written in collaboration with Zoe Wilson from ReThink HR, we explore the objectives of future HR strategy. 

Boosting productivity, saving time and money, and making business processes more efficient, automation has been revolutionary for businesses. However, many people are still concerned about the impact of automation on their job security, especially for HR employees. In this article, we question whether Human Resources professionals need to be worried, exploring how the evolution of technology is allowing us to become less administrative and more strategic in our jobs. 

Digital HR strategy

Digital transformation is having a major impact on HR. In these resources, we explore how technology contributes to HR's strategic plans and requires the HR staff to develop new skills.  

The digital transformation is rapidly changing the responsibilities and challenges facing Human Resources staff. In this article, we explore how HR can approach a digitisation strategy and use technology to aid strategic plans for the organization's future. 

With rapid digitisation changing the HR landscape, more than three quarters of organisations are now planning to double their HR upskilling in the next two years. In this article, we look at the ways HR professionals' jobs are changing thanks to the rise of automation and data, and how we can use this to our advantage.  

Diversity and inclusion is a key HR priority and a data-driven, technologically aided approach is an effective way to do this. In this article, we explore how HR technology can help your diversity and inclusion efforts, identifying key examples of ways that our tech can contribute to this. 

Change management

Helping employees and stakeholders adapt to organisational change is a vital aspect of HR strategy. In these resources, we explore the topic of change management and how HR can plan for it effectively. 

Human Resources professionals need to be prepared for organisational change, whether it results from a change in leadership, a merger, the adoption or a new software, or even changes to the law. In this article, we look at the importance of HR creating a change management process to proactively help all employees adapt to change in the organization. 

When implementing a new HRMS, it's important to keep employees and internal stakeholders informed and excited about the change. This downloadable created by employee engagement and internal comms specialists HomeEX will help you create an engaging communications strategy to get employees excited about the new HRMS. 

This guest blog by HR consultant Sarah Wilkinson explores the lessons about change management that HR leaders can learn from Brexit. From the importance of communication and getting buy-in from the right people, this piece looks at the importance of strategic change management for HR. 

Solving workplace issues

People are a business' most important asset; it's down to HR to develop strategies to achieve best engagement and performance from the workforce. From workplace bullying to employee retention, these resources explore how strategic HR can provide solutions to workplace issues with human capital management. 

Nobody likes to think about bullying happening in the workplace but it's worryingly common; one survey even found that a quarter of employees had been bullied in the workplace at some point in the last three years. The role of HR professionals is to spot the signs of bullying and offer the right tools and processes to support victims, creating a safer, happier work environment. To learn more about workplace bullying and what you can do about it, read our comprehensive article about workplace bullying. 

With many employees preferring to be offered additional time off to compensate for overtime instead of overtime pay, Time Off In Lieu (TOIL) can provide a logistical headache for HR. Exploring the pros and cons of TOIL, this article contains everything you need to know about Time Off In Lieu and will help you better implement this option in your workplace.

Many people see a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) as a sure sign that the employee in question won't be around much longer, but the aim of an effective PIP is to help the employee turn it all around. In this article, we explore how the PIP - often considered an ineffective last resort - can help get an employee back on track.

With 47% of HR professionals reporting that employee retention is their top workforce management challenge, using data to inform employee retention strategies is more important than ever. In this article, we explore the different ways that data can illuminate turnover trends and help prevent attrition. 

To maximise employees' productivity and engagement in their jobs, it's essential for HR to find ways to motivate staff. Rather than solely thinking in terms of monetary rewards, HR can motivate employees by providing a positive work environment and company culture that makes staff want to do their best work. In this article, we explore how HR professionals can find a balance between employee motivation and morale, creating strategies to allow employees to shine.  

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