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Pressure to do more with less taking over

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HC Online | 20 Nov 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
HR leaders are under increasing pressure to boost productivity by getting more out of staff – but with finite time and resources, is this a case of the emperor without his clothes?
  • Max Underhill | 20 Nov 2012, 03:41 PM Agree 0
    Do we have the right "people power" - we might be able to more with (less people) but more people power.

    We were asked recently to assess 19 manager against the ideal position competency profile. We found only 2 were competent and on average managers were 9% under competent with the worst nearly 20% under competent. The reality was these are people were "under powered" and could not be delivering at the efficiency levels expected. In fact they had thrown people at the problem rather than addressed what they had.

    We ended up reducing numbers, developing the people left and also implemented an empowerment based performance management system where the managers and employee took control over their outcomes and productivity.

    We would not accept this level of under power in plant and machinery but we often do with people.
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