Measuring Your Organization's HR Maturity
Often seen as an
irritant, as a layer of bureaucracy, and as a means to "CYA" (cover your ---), HR has become
the epitome of the necessary evil!
What a bad rap Human
Resource Management has received over the years. If it is understood that it is through our
people we are able to achieve our organizational objectives, then our human resources become
a key asset for our businesses and should be handled as such.
This implies that we
need to manage our human resources so that the organization's needs are met, through the
empowering, enabling, and energizing of our people.
enabling, and energizing of human resources involves a concerted effort
sharing a vision
creating a strategy to achieve it
managing people's performance outcomes
having policies, processes, and quality procedures, and systems
ensuring the safety, and positively impacting the well-being, of
imbedding equitable practices.
With the execution of
the above, having legally compliant HR practices is not out of reach for any organization no
matter in which part of the globe the operation is in, or the size of the
Sometimes knowing where to start with Human Resources Management is difficult. Take
a moment to complete the short HR Maturity Level 1 Score Questionnaire (geared towards small
to mid-size companies) to obtain an overview of how well your HR management efforts are
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Your HR Maturity
HR Intent: 0-8 Lots to
HR Focus: 9-17 On the right
HR In Place: 18-24 Keep it
|Do not have the required set of personnel files and documentation.
Unlikely to provide consistent feedback to, and follow through with, employees.
Have thought about the HR policies that still need to be introduced to the
Considered the lack of HR practice compliance.
|Sometimes focus on improving performance and providing training.
Might have some HR policies and processes available.
Started to set up HR records.
|Have HR policies, procedures, and documentation.
Use many HR practices to optimize people management.
Integrate performance management, employee development and business strategy.
Ensure required communications are made and notifications posted.
Having a broad view of your HR maturity level is a start. A more detailed perspective may be
necessary with an easily and quickly applied HR audit (see HR Solutions for the online resource). This allows you to establish the
performance parameters for your human resource management and provides you with practical steps
Ultimately, you want to be managing all aspects of human resources to affect the
achievement of organizational goals through performance excellence. You also need to
ensure legal compliance through ethical practices. The aim is to make everyone's pathway
easier and more pleasurable to achieve the organization's goals.
It may seem labor intensive to set the foundations for HR policies, practices, processes and
procedures in any organization. However, the ease of operations, the sustainability of
management practices, and the results achieved down the line will make your efforts more than
worth your while.
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