We had in one of the first posts here asked you to define what you thought HR Excellence was. From the level of responses I am assuming ( I know the problems with assumptions) that you are having a hard time coming to some sort of consensus. So let me tell you what I feel the components of the definition of HR excellence are:

Achieving HR EXCELLENCE is the result of:

CARING more about your organization than others think wise;

What are your feelings toward your organization? Are you stuck in that rut of this is what we do as HR professionals? Does that mean there is no room for improvement within the responsibilities of HR? IN order to reach that level of a center of excellence we need to begin to think outside of the box if you were and begin to seriously look at how HR fits into the strategies, initiatives and visions of the total organization.

RISKING more than others think safe to change the corporate culture;

Achieving HR Excellence means we need to change our organizational culture. Every example of change carries with it a level of risk. The change might not be right for your organization but you will not know until you try. HR needs to be at the forefront of this effort. You have the ears of both management and the work floor human .You are the ones who can carry the message that we know the suggested changes are going to make thing unsettled for a time, but here is why we are doing it and what it means to the organization and to them rank and file. You can show them what is in for them.

DREAMING more than others think practical about the potential for your organization

The late Senator in his eulogy for his brother spoke the famous line “Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream of things that never were and say why not.” HR must play that same role in or organizations. Everyday we see things that are just not quite right  and we ask why we are doing them. The usual answer is that because that s the way we have always have done it. No one remembers why we do it , it is just the way we do things here. HR has the role of seeing new ways of doing things and are willing to take the chance that in the long run we will be a better organization.

EXPECTING more than others find possible from your human capital assets. 

One of the problems with many organizations in the workplace today is that we have tended to stereotype our human capital assets. How often have you heard these comments:

  • They are just out for the paycheck
  • They are lazy and just do not want to work
  • They are spending all day playing video games or using social media

Why not change the stereotypes to seek out the full potential of the human capital assets. Why not see the extended potential that engaged employees can bring to a dynamic organization.

Reaching a state of HR excellence within you organization is an organization wide effort which comes from CARING more about your organization than others think wise; RISKING more than others think safe to change the corporate culture; DREAMING more than others think practical about the potential for your organization ; EXPECTING more than others find possible from your human capital assets. 

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