In today's rapidly changing business environment, it's more important than ever for HR to be commercial, close to the business, and clearly aligned to business strategy. However, the reality for many organisations is that HR is often disconnected from business priorities, and HR's contribution to critical strategic and commercial objectives is not always clear.
During the webinar on 14 March we explored the current state of the HR function, and explored the role HR should play in helping develop and execute strategy, and how HR can become more business relevant. Together with Karen Ward, Andy Newall, Angus MacGregor and Mike Haffenden we examined the following questions:
What is the current state of the HR function?
Where are the current strengths and where is HR falling short?
What role should HR play in helping to develop and execute business strategy?
How can HR become more business-relevant?
You can listen to the recording below - simply by pressing the play button below. We would love to hear your comments and feedback, so please do not hesitate to leave us your comments below (registration may be required if you do not have an accoun already) or via Twitter using the hashtag #CRFbizHR.
You can also access a variety of thought-leadership articles and reports on this topic within our webinar library here. Resources include an executive summary of our latest research report – High Impact HR – How do we create a business-relevant function? – produced in partnership with Mercer, as well as a collection of other research on the topic (registration required).
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Karen is a CRF Associate. She has worked extensively across all sectors on the issue of organisation effectiveness, particularly developing sustainable strategic capability. She has also published books on the global aspects of effectiveness – ‘Leading International Teams’ & ‘Globalisation: The internal dynamic’.
Karen has extensive experience working with high potential leaders globally and in the last nine years has conducted targeted research into the challenges of attracting and retaining the talent needed to lead organisations healthily in times of complexity and ambiguity. Recent clients include Tesco, G4S, UK & UAE Civil Service, AB Foods, a global humanitarian agency, Lloyds, John Lewis, Zentiva and Marketform.
Karen is an accredited Power & Systems facilitator and finds this approach to be transformational particularly for leaders in mature organisations, freeing their energy for change and creating healthy and human workplaces. She is an effective keynote speaker as she brings practical depth and breadth to her contributions.
Andrew NewallGroup HR Director Imperial Tobacco
Andrew NewallGroup HR Director Imperial Tobacco
Andrew is the Group HRD with Imperial Tobacco where he has been employed since 2012. As a member of the Executive Committee his principle responsibility is to deliver the people manifesto which has at its core building capability and employee engagement. To enable this he has revolutionised the HR function. Prior to this he was the Group HR Director with United Biscuits, a private equity company and part of the Blackstone portfolio. He is the co-author of a CIPD publication called ‘Leading HR’.
Andrew is also currently employed as a Non-Executive Director with Bon Accord Care Limited based out of Aberdeen. The Company operates on behalf of Aberdeen City Council to provide early care and occupational therapy in private homes, sheltered housing and specialist facilities.
Angus read Natural Sciences at Durham University, graduating in 1990 and then taking the CPE (commendation) and the Law Finals. He joined Shakespeares in 1993, subsequently moving to Freshfields in 1995 and McDermott Will & Emery in 1999. In 2001 he was headhunted to join Deutsche Bank and started the HR legal function in the UK from scratch. He was Managing Director and Global Head of HR Legal at Deutsche Bank before joining Barclays in 2005 as Head of HR Legal for the Group, a year later taking charge of HR for the Group Centre, encompassing 16 functions and 7,000 employees. In September 2007 he was appointed HR Director, Global Commercial Bank and was subsequently Chief of Staff to the Group HR Director. He returned to law in October 2009 as HR Director for Eversheds, also running the Nordic-Baltic business. Angus joined Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in early 2014 as Head of HR for Europe, Middle East and Africa, reporting to the EMEA CEO.
Mike has worked in Senior HR roles in the US and Europe with major international businesses including Avon, Rowntree, Unilever and Hewlett Packard. He founded CRF as a research consortium to investigate the principles and practices that make a difference in people management. He applied the same principles in forming PARC, a research group investigating good practice in the area of performance, reward and governance. He is also a founder of Strategic Dimensions, a leading HR recruitment business.
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