The Power of HR Strategy in an Evolving Future of Work

The Power of HR Strategy

In this episode of GGG Unleashed: Better Leaders, Better Workplaces, we are joined by Lisa Johnson, a seasoned HR professional with a wealth of experience across manufacturing and other industries. As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of work, Lisa sheds light on the importance of HR strategy and how it can shape the success of both HR functions and overall business operations.

As an HR leader, it is crucial to have a deep understanding of the company’s operations, challenges, strengths, and opportunities. Being a business expert and having relevant knowledge allows HR to develop strategies that align with the organization and contribute to its growth. 

Following are three fundamentals about HR strategy you need to know right now.

  1. HR Strategy – Your Roadmap

“And for HR Departments, whether they be a department of 1 or a department of many, having a strategy as a guide will help ensure that the HR department is staying on course to achieve its vision.”

Ready to go beyond mere task execution and Be positioned as key strategic partners in the organization? A well-defined HR strategy is a must!

At its core, an HR strategy is a plan that serves as a roadmap for HR departments. It provides a clear purpose and vision, aligning the department’s efforts with the organization’s broader goals. In today’s rapidly evolving world, having an HR strategy is crucial to ensure HR departments stay on course amidst ongoing challenges, such as talent acquisition, labor shortages, and changing workplace dynamics.

Consider This: How does your HR strategy contribute to the overall success of your business?

  1. Advantages of an Effective HR Strategy

“An HR Strategy helps to coalesce those team members around the purpose to ensure

that they’re heading in the right direction and they’re aligned with the organization.”

An effective HR strategy offers numerous benefits for both HR departments and the organization as a whole. Here are 3 you should be aware of:

  • Provides a clear sense of purpose and focus, fostering alignment among HR team members. 
  • Ensures that HR functions keep pace with the ever-changing demands of the workplace.
  • Allows HR to play a more significant role in shaping enterprise competitiveness, talent access, and community involvement.

If you are not achieving these outcomes, it’s probably time to rethink your strategy.

Consider This: How well does your HR strategy help align your HR department with the broader goals and challenges of the organization?

  1. Developing an Effective HR Strategy

“An HR strategy helps to clarify and reinforce purpose.”

Creating a comprehensive HR strategy may seem daunting, but Lisa shares valuable insights on its essential components. HR professionals can set a solid foundation for their strategy, starting with a vision, mission, and goals. Factors such as values, guiding principles, SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats), and key performance indicators can augment the strategic thinking process. Lisa underscores the importance of adapting these components to an organization’s unique context and resources.

Lisa draws on her experience and highlights her work with different types of organizations to exemplify how an effective HR strategy must take into consideration the size of the organization, business maturity or growth stage, and maturity of the HR function.

Consider This: How can HR professionals elevate their organizational role by implementing a well-thought-out HR strategy?

HR must evolve from task-based roles to strategic partners who shape enterprise competitiveness and drive cultural transformation. As the workplace evolves, organizations that embrace HR strategy will maximize their potential to attract and retain top talent, reduce turnover, and create resilient and agile workplaces. 

Check out these resources discussed in this podcast.

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  • Join us on Tuesday, October 24th at noon EST for a free virtual workshop, HR Strategy for the Future of Work. Hear more from Lsa and get your pressing questions answered live. Register here.
  • Seat at the Table HR Leaders Virtual Summit.  Find out more information here.
  • Stay tuned for the next episode of our popular podcast “GGG Unleashed: Better Leaders, Better Workplaces” where we’ll talk with Col. Charlie Davis about his experience with US Military Special Forces and lessons learned about resilient leadership. Part 1 of the interview with Col. Davis drops on November 21. Don’t miss it!

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Episode Summary:

In this episode of GGG Unleashed: Better Leaders Better Workplaces, I am joined by guest Lisa Johnson, HR Officer for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and CEO of HR Know How, LLC. We discuss the importance of HR strategy in the evolving future of the work environment. Lisa explains that an HR strategy is like a roadmap that guides the HR department in achieving its vision and aligning with the organization’s goals. She emphasizes the benefits of having a clear HR strategy, such as creating a sense of purpose for the HR department and ensuring alignment with the organization. Lisa also shares her framework for developing an effective HR strategy and provides an example of its implementation in the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Key takeaways:

  1. The importance of an effective HR strategy.
  2. HR as a strategic business expert and consultant.
  3. Components of an HR strategy: Vision, mission, and goals. 


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