The time has come again to raise
the standard for HR leadership.
After a year of global economic mayhem, large-scale industrial and legal reforms, and continued workforce and skills shortages, companies have been faced with some of the toughest survival challenges of recent times.
But it’s often in adverse and challenging times
that conditions are ripe for innovative, creative
and forward-thinking strategies to emerge.
This time last year the greatest challenge
in HR departments was figuring out ways to
find, attract and retain the best employees
from a limited supply.
Although this is (and will always be) a pri
ority of HR departments, external forces over
the last year have thrown up myriad new chal
lenges, resulting in many facing largely unknown
territory – large-scale redundancies, ruthless
cost-cutting activities and massive pressures
on business and HR to minimise costs but hold
on to their best people are but a few.
It is no easy job. Some companies have
done it well – and some haven’t. The HR Lead
ership Awards 2009 will recognise those who
have: who achieved a truly diverse workforce, which company balanced the hiring and fir
ing in such tough economic circumstances,
who was able to cut costs while continuing
their recognition strategies, which companies
offered flexible working conditions while maintaining high productivity, and who executed
a flawless change management strategy.
Nominations for the Australian HR Awards
2009 are now open. If you know of an HR professional or practice that has changed an organisation or the industry for the better during the past year, don’t let those achievements
go unrewarded. Enter now.