Present and future challenges for the HR Business Partner

The VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Analytics) world that organisations face poses a unique challenge for HR professionals. And as a result HR Departments are at the crossroads.

One choice is to continue on the transactional route. This is low risk, with very little added value to the organisation and no strategic influence and impact. This route is likely to take HR to extinction.

The alternative, however, will be a transformational route. In this case the HRBP will have a major impact on the organisation’s future strategy and the implementation thereof. If you take this route, you will have to diagnose, initiate and drive appropriate change, understand the business and drive business performance through people… In other words be a true business partner.

Many organisations have already successfully progressed along this route…

In the ground-breaking book HR Competencies, Dave Ulrich et al highlight 10 capabilities that successful organisations have and the implications and challenges these capabilities face for the HR Department:


Our organisation is successful if …


HR professionals should be able to …

It attracts, motivates, retains, and engages competent employees
  • Do talent audit of what is and what is not necessary
  • Build an employee value proposition that engages talented employees
It is able to change quickly to align with customer needs
  • Build and enact a disciplined change process
  • Assimilate change into a new identity
It is able to build a culture that reflects customer expectations and turns them into employee actions
  • Perform a cultural audit
  • Make customer reputation real to employees
It is able to make the whole more than the sum of the parts
  • Increase efficiency through productivity improvement efforts
  • Increase leverage by sharing ideas, people, products, services
It is able to envision a future state and ensure that employees and practices are aligned to it
  • Establish a process to ensure strategic clarity
  • Align organization actions to make the strategy happen
It is able to work to reduce costs
  • Increase productivity
  • Manage processes efficiently
  • Allocate resources on key projects

Many of these challenges will be addressed at the upcoming HR Business Partner Conference on 9, 10 and 11th September 2013. This conference is specifically good forums for the HR Business Partner and the HR generalist. The conference has been carefully researched to address the most relevant issues today’s HR Business Partner is dealing with. Click here to learn more.

For more information about the conference contact Dina at 011 706 6009 or .


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