What is strategic HR? Isn’t that something that all HR should be doing? Well, the answer to that is an overwhelming yes. Strategic HR is the practice of human resource management not just for the current moment, but for the future, too. It involves setting a plan for the state of your workforce and hiring and reshuffling to head towards that goal.
So, how does this work in practice?
Not just hiring for job fit
Sometimes, HR will come across a job applicant that fits perfectly into the job, the team, and the work environment – seemingly amazing and the ideal choice to slot right in. But then they drill down and find out that the person has a burgeoning side project, or has moved cities often throughout the course of their career.
This type of candidate is great if you’re thinking short term, however for long term hiring, you’re probably going to have to watch them walk out the door in 1-3 years. If you are strategically hiring, unless you need an injection of work quick smart, and you won’t mind them leaving, this is not a good hire.
Putting together quality teams
Strategic hiring means carefully sculpting teams that are going to give you the best bang for buck in the long run. What this means is that you want to hire people that fit in with your company ethos, are easily to get along with, and work well in teams already.
In terms of changing up things in the workplace, with assistance from managers, HR might choose to swap out members of teams and place them in different teams if they see that there would be a better fit. This fluidity in the workplace can help to optimize output.
Management: internal promotion or external hire?
While it can be awfully tempting to hire from within – of course, because the person knows the company, the work that’s being done, and probably the people they are going to be working with already – it is sometimes a better idea to look externally.
You have to think about what direction you’d like to go with your team or teams. If you’re happy with the way things are currently going, and you’ve got the metrics to prove everyone is doing a good job, then hiring from within is just dandy. But if you need something to change, then hiring from outside is probably a better choice. Hiring from outside gets an outsiders perspective on what’s not working with your current set up.
Metrics, metrics, metrics
It’s impossible to know where you want to go if you don’t actually know where you are! Strategic HR should involve measurements to see how your workforce is currently performing, and if they’re up to scratch. By developing a baseline, you can then determine how to structure your workforce strategically to get the best results in the future.
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