From navigating mergers and divestitures to reenvisioning benefits offerings and the performance management process, we provide a snapshot of the innovative approaches of the 21 finalists. Their achievements have produced some impressive results:
• employee engagement levels increasing from 60 to 87 percent;
When I entered the workforce after having studied HR in college, I would not have wanted to be part of an HR leadership award effort. HR, while important at the time, was about risk management, compliance, and administration. It was a relatively passionless department and bereft of real connection to the enterprise beyond being a gatekeeper and a cop. Most hiring was done by line management who were subject to some oversight, and payroll was either in “personnel” or finance.
Each year, as I talk to the dozens of nominees—yes, I try to talk with all of them as part of the process—I am so heartened at the progress of this profession. CHROs today talk about productivity enhancement, supporting key strategic initiatives, and generating business outcomes. They talk about analytics and metrics as a second language to the social science aspect of working with people. If I just look at the progress in the last 10 years during my tenure at HRO Today—and I’m not going anywhere—it is truly amazing.
The “how” is the collection of values that inspire and guide behavior—the association’s guiding principles. These principles form our competitive advantage. We engage members in an open forum for development (TLCs), pulse discussions on industry trends, and member panels. We provide opportunities to assume leadership positions within the association, i.e., work groups, committee leaders and board-of-advisor roles. Ownership for all contributors and the ability to have autonomy when participating in decision-making discussions and work groups is important to us. Recognition of success is also important for us to share, as is evident through our annual Association HR Awards program, member and company spotlights, and one on one interview.
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