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Concluding Thoughts

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HR as a Business Partner

  • Format: Self-paced
  • Course Duration: 1 hr 5 mins
  • SHRM Professional Development Credits: 1.0
  • HRCI Business Recertification Credits: 1.0
  • Certificate of Completion (after passing quiz)

You’ve likely heard that YOU, the HR professional, are a strategic business partner. But what does that really mean? When your fellow team members mention the strategic direction of the company, where do you fit in?

Human Resources brings a great deal of value to an organization. The profession has changed significantly over the past 20 years. Today’s HR Pro is expected to not only wear multiple hats associated to an employee’s life cycle, but also act as a business leader, one who can guide an organization through and around a continually changing economic landscape.

The primary goal of this course is to help you understand what business strategy is and how you, the HR pro, can act as a mighty force multiplier in its implementation. After setting the foundation with key terms, the focus will turn to the importance of communication and explain what expertise you provide in People Development, Organization Structure and Change Management.

Take this course to better understand your value and role as a strategic business partner. As a result, you will lead your team and workforce to the successful implementation of its business plan and achievement of its key performance objectives.

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Title: Concluding Thoughts
Module: Conclusion
Duration: 2:05

In this course, we defined strategy and words associated with it. Successful organizations do three things well: They have a clearly defined Vision and Mission, they navigate change effectively and they have excellent people skills. This program addressed each of these.

We explained how to determine what your organization’s primary focus is and how that can help you align your HR strategy to the overall vision, mission and values of the organization.

We also introduced how you, as a valued HR business partners, can help your organization achieve its strategic goals by effectively managing change and aligning human capital needs with the desired future state.

As an HR professional your first responsibility is to the business. You are a business partner! Say that with me! I AM A BUSINESS PARTNER! But don’t just say it…believe it!

It is you and your HR organization that has the power to implement your organization’s strategic plan. Remember, drafting a strategic plan that's the easy part. Implementing the people, structure, and process initiatives required, that's the hard part…that is where the money is so to speak. I firmly believe there is NO OTHER department in an organization more equipped to assist with implementing a strategic plan than the HR department.

I’ll leave you with a couple of questions to answer for yourself.

Is it time to create a strategic plan for your own department to align with the organization’s plan?

Perhaps you need to create a strategic plan for yourself? Where do you see yourself in 3, 5, or 10 years?

Considering questions like this can only help make you a better HR business partner. I hope you enjoyed this course and wish you the best of success as you provide HR strategic value to your organization.

Instructor: Scott Pitts

Scott has spent nearly two decades in the human resources, learning and organization development professions. Scott has led multiple organizations and has taught hundreds of students on effectively creating and implementing business strategy, managing change, and designing effective learning solutions.

Scott is also an Associate Adjunct Professor of Training & Development, as well...

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