Strategic Human Capital Insights

Why Ignoring the ‘Busyness Challenge’ Could Ruin Your Vacation

Posted by Joanne Flynn

5/12/18 10:00 AM

As managers, facing the vacation season always proves challenging. When the first person approaches you with the request to take off a day or two for a long weekend, or another employee is planning a one or two-week family vacation, the stress of ‘how is the work going to get done’ begins. 

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Topics: human asset management, performance management

Human Asset Management Strategy: A New Approach

Posted by Joanne Flynn

1/27/18 10:00 AM


A critical question for today’s leadership: Are your employees appreciating in value, maintaining their value, or declining in value?

Businesses consistently refer to employees as “their most valuable assets”. However, when we look at the way organizations view employees, many fail to deliver on that mantra. Employee management continues to be based on models developed in the late 20th century. Along with outdated employee management models, we see Human Resources struggle to transition from an organizational operations, support and compliance role to a true strategic partner role.

In that role, Human Resources must drive Human Asset Management Strategy (HAMS) to encourage leaders to shift their approach to the key element of success - employees.

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Topics: human capital, human asset management, human asset management strategy

The Capacity Management Approach to Human Asset Management Strategy

Posted by Phoenix Strategic Performance

12/8/17 12:44 PM


Are We Appreciating All Our Assets?

Any organization today will say that their employees are the most valuable asset to the organization. As new process applications, automation, and artificial intelligence continue to make their presence felt in the workplace, it is still employees who keep things running, provide the critical customer interface, and discover the opportunities to leverage technology. When we step back and look at organizations, we tend to find that leadership does not put the same emphasis on their human assets as they would on a physical asset they are acquiring or optimizing. I'm not implying we should treat people like equipment, however, as our most valuable asset, we need to put the same effort into ensuring employees can be most productive while providing an environment where they increase in value to both themselves and the organization. Our employees, our human assets, have one key advantage that physical assets do not - they can increase in value over time.

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Topics: human asset management, human asset management strategy

Job Descriptions: The Anchor of Human Asset Management Strategy

Posted by Joanne Flynn

11/18/17 9:30 AM


Job descriptions are the unsung hero driving the Performance Management process. If the performance management process is fundamental to HAMS, then job descriptions are the mighty little, obscure engine driving the whole process.

How important are job descriptions in Human Asset Management Strategy (HAMS) and how can those often forgotten job descriptions be so important? Because if they are only used as HR tools for job branding and compensation, then they are misnamed. If that’s the case, they should be called job categories. Here’s what they should really be doing.

Where in the organization are job descriptions parked?

What is the real, dynamic driving force behind our friend, the job description? To analyze this, we start with where job descriptions are parked. Job descriptions can live in HR, but that should only be their part-time home. Job descriptions should live full time and be relevant to every functional group in any organization, without exception! Job descriptions are the foundation to determine what a job does, how an organization works, how it grows, if it can grow / compete, and / or if it will stagnate. Most importantly, job descriptions must not only live in the operating functions, they need to be relevant and referenced continuously. As a consultant, I have frequently heard these answers to the question, “Can I see your job descriptions?”:

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Topics: human asset management, human asset management strategy, performance management

One Underperforming Employee and So Many Impacts: A Performance Management Lesson

Posted by Joanne Flynn

10/21/17 10:00 AM


The Statement: “That’s Just Bob Being Bob."

Have you ever heard this statement before, or worse yet, have you ever said those words yourself? I know I have certainly heard those words in every scenario from work to athletics to family, and my emotional response to those words have ranged from frustration, consternation, disgust to despair. 

What does this have to do with Performance Review? Since many of you are in performance review season, consider if you have an employee that you can associate with this statement, “That’s just Bob being Bob”. The situation that causes this statement doesn’t live in organizational isolation. Let’s take a serious look at the negative organizational impacts in the workplace of this statement and the underlying situation.

Here’s a recent and very real situation I witnessed in a store that provides a customer-related service.  I’m sure we have all experienced a situation like this in the workplace. As you read through this situation, think about all possible resulting organizational impacts. As a manager, if you have one of these employees / situations, the performance review process is the perfect time to identify this person and set up a development plan to correct the situation, one way or another!

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Topics: human asset management, human asset management strategy, performance management

A Human Asset Management Strategy (HAMS) Recruiting Challenge

Posted by Joanne Flynn

9/9/17 8:45 AM


Guest Blog: What It Takes to Find the RIGHT Candidate. 

How many times have your hired a candidate, and then found out that the candidate was missing the right skill set? Hiring the right person for the right role at the right time is a strategic organizational responsibility. It starts with developing a detailed role benchmark that includes role responsibilities and competencies / capabilities for the role. This benchmark become the springboard to take a deep dive into a candidate’s background, looking for evidence and examples that align with the role benchmark. 

Since inbound marketing has become so important to many organizations, I felt the below guest blog by Elyse Flynn Meyer would have a direct application to many organizations. 

So, You Want to Hire an Inbound Marketing Expert (excerpt)

4 Questions to Ask to Make Sure You’re Hiring the Right Inbound Marketer to Join Your Team by Elyse Flynn Meyer 

“Finding candidates to fit the niche marketing roles that require an expertise in inbound marketing can be very challenging. Traditional marketing and advertising techniques are taught around the globe in colleges and universities, but unfortunately, inbound marketing is still not a discipline that graduates know when they enter the professional workforce. After graduation, individuals are typically not ready and able to directly jump into inbound marketing roles that require extra training to get fully on-board and learn how it integrates into an overall marketing strategy. The scarcity of digital marketing training, and more specifically, inbound marketing training, can make it all the more difficult to find that perfect inbound marketer for your team. We see this issue over and over again while working with organizations that want to practice inbound marketing, but either don’t have the talent on their team to support the initiative, and / or don’t have the budget or desire to work with an external inbound marketing agency.

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Topics: human asset management, human asset management strategy

Human Asset & Performance Management: Are you ready to meet the ‘Busyness' Challenge?

Posted by Joanne Flynn

8/26/17 10:00 AM

This is part 3 of our blog series on Human Asset & Performance Management. Click here to read the previous blogs in the series.

For as long as we have had the modern organization, employees and managers have said, “We are too busy – we need more help’!  In my 30+ years of working in and advising organizations, that statement is a common thread.

As we enter that ‘special’ time of year on the corporate calendar known as ‘performance review time’, I ask you to incorporate the ‘Busyness Challenge’ into your review process.

What is the ‘Busyness Challenge’?  It’s all about human capital (employees), human capital resource capacity, human capital resource planning and human capital resource forecasting.  Otherwise known as Human Asset Management Strategy© (HAMS).

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Topics: human asset management, human asset management strategy

Human Asset & Performance Management: From Paper to a Digital Platform...Is Your Organization Ready?

Posted by Joanne Flynn

8/5/17 8:45 AM


This is part 2 of our blog series on Human Asset & Performance Management. Click here to read Part 1 of the series.

As organizations look to evaluate performance management processes and shift to a continuous performance review process / system, the questions often asked are, What is a continuous performance review and what has changed to require a fresh approach?”

Are we getting what we need from our current review process? If not, is it time to finally reconcile performance reviews with today’s business and work reality? If business is forward looking, why are our performance review processes backward focused? Continuous performance review is a forward-focused management process, and not an HR process. We must shift our paradigm. Yes, HR is involved, but managers are responsible and accountable for the process.  Gone are the days of saying, “HR is making us do these performance reviews.” You are doing reviews because it’s right for your business and for your employees. 


Yesterday’s Performance Management Process: Assessment

Performance management was done out of HR as a year-end review process focused on pay and promotion. It was a way to rate /assess people and their past performance.

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Topics: human asset management, human asset management strategy

Human Asset & Performance Management: The Future is Now...Is Your Organization Ready?

Posted by Joanne Flynn

7/29/17 8:45 AM

Human Asset Management Strategy (HAMS)© demands a robust and continuous performance review process focused on employee development. You can’t have one without the other.

According to the Harvard Business Review, one third of U.S. companies are revising traditional appraisal processes. Since change is revolutionizing the way we work, it’s time to focus on a continuous performance review process, where robust, two-way feedback is frequent.

Forces Disrupting Traditional Performance Review Processes

Today’s work reality is challenged by multiple and constant disruptors that are putting pressure on organizations and their foundational structures, processes and people. For the near term, one thing is certain, these disruptors are not going away. They are our new normal. We must account for these disruptors as we look at our human assets and how we manage them and their responses / reactions to these disruptors.

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Topics: human asset management, human asset management strategy

Do You Really Have A Human Asset Management Strategy?

Posted by Joanne Flynn

6/24/17 8:40 AM


I’m often asked,
“What’s the difference between the concept of human capital and human asset management strategy?"  When we discuss human capital, it is often described as:

  • the collective skills, knowledge, or other intangible assets of individuals that can be used to create economic value for the individuals, their employers, or their community.
  • a measure of the economic value of an employee's skill set. This measure builds on the basic production input of labor measure where all labor is thought to be equal.

 

Most definitions of human capital still focus on skills / people as they exist in an organization today.  Human asset management strategy (HAMS) focuses on the following:

  • Conducts a current assessment of people and their skills today
  • Attaches a trending component to the assessment for today and tomorrow to determine appreciation or depreciation
  • Develops a human capital gap analysis between today and future human capital needs
  • Evaluates productivity and associated costs
  • Creates an organizational impact analysis for near-term, mid-term and long-term effects and risks
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Topics: human capital, human asset management

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