What is Human Asset Management? If we say that people are our most important asset, we need to think about them as any other organizational asset, which is a good thing. We give considerable thought to capital equipment and perform a great deal of due diligence when we both purchase and maintain that capital equipment. Do we put that much effort into hiring and developing our human assets? Let’s compare and contrast a piece of capital equipment diligence relative to human asset management.
Here’s how companies often evaluate the decision to purchase and maintain a valued piece of capital equipment compared to how companies manage and retain human assets:
How do these two approaches compare and contrast? If we look at human capital through the human asset and risk management lens, below are the big questions to ask when evaluating your people and your teams:
- Are your human assets appreciating, static or depreciating assets?
- Are your human assets aligned with present-to-future initiatives?
- Can your organization predictably forecast human asset capability?
- What are the near and long-term organizational risks when human assets are mismanaged?
- Do your people have the relevant and robust total skill set to do the job today and tomorrow?
Human Asset Impact Analysis: Consider that unless your human assets are in a state of continual appreciation, the following can impact your organization:
- Your growth initiatives will stall and not accelerate or optimize.
- Your productivity issues will have obsolescence built into your strategy, impacting growth acceleration.
- You will be wearing out/burning out your human assets, compromising organizational agility and business resilience, and impacting the ability to grow and optimize.
- You may be funding prolonged underperformance, impacting productivity, capacity, and profitability.
- You may be compromising the ability to maximize strategic opportunities and create a competitive advantage.
What are the organizational costs and risks impacted by static or depreciating human assets?
- Identify who is current, trending & static
- Identify the cost structure & the real cost of your people by productivity percentages against 100%:
- Identify the risk, cost, and productivity drain:
- When top producers (appreciating assets) leave and under producers (depreciating assets) stay
- When negative organizational agility and resiliency impact business initiatives
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