Aligning HR
Leveraging Current-State Assessment and Benchmarking Methodologies to Align HR With Your Business Strategies

Firms are consistently asking HR to take on larger, more strategic roles, requiring the function to do more with even less. The consequence can be that many HR functions lose sight of their strategic priorities and become misaligned with the business’ needs, which can lead to increased employee frustration, fragmented and siloed HR structures and an inability to meet business needs.

HR leaders need to pause and return the focus to a strategic level and look at a process of current-state assessment and refinement. This includes making sure the business strategy heavily informs any future state and path forward for the HR function, as well as in-depth auditing and benchmarking of HR costs and structure against leading and comparable organizations.

An HR transformation model must focus on:

  • The right people — HR staff who think from the outside in
  • The right model — a well-designed operating model with clearly defined roles
  • Being prepared to deliver — the right skills and capabilities
  • Customer-centric solutions — intuitive HR portal and other tools to create a frictionless customer experience

About the Authors

Michael Martin
Partner HR Advisory Global Practice Leader 
Partner HR & Talent Advisory | U.S.
Partner HR & Talent Advisory | U.S.
Senior Consultant HR & Talent Advisory | U.S.

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