Hay Group launches digital blueprint on the role of HR in transforming organisations

Hay Group, the global management consultancy, claims it has created a first-of-its-kind digital HR blueprint.

Launched today, the HR blueprint, is a complimentary online tool to help HR evolve while stepping up to play a leading role in transforming organisations.

It allows HR professionals to assess where their organisations are currently, and where they need to be to deliver on business strategy, against eight HR practice area.

The HR blueprint was developed in response to six converging megatrends that are reshaping how companies are structured and managed, the jobs people do, their motivations and their perceptions of work: globalisation 2.0; the environmental crisis; individualism; the digital era; demographic change and technological convergence. As these megatrends collide, they throw the spotlight firmly on HR, which is now in a unique position to provide vital insights and direction to leaders and support organisations in achieving strategic goals, said the Hay Group.

However, in a Hay Group study of HR leaders and professionals, the majority rated the HR practices within their organisation as ‘progressing’ and felt more focus or investment was required across almost all functional areas.

The HR blueprint gives HR professionals a valuable way to assess current performance versus desired state. This will help to create a framework for future HR strategy that is intrinsically linked to business goals.

Natasha Dillon, associate director, Hay Group, said: “HR leaders tell us they are ready to play a leading role in transforming organisations.  But they also recognise there are many practice areas that need more focus or investment to be able to do this.

“The challenge HR faces is simultaneously playing a leading role in the transformation of the organisation, while managing its own evolution. So how do you fix a plane while you’re flying it? The HR blueprint helps professionals to go back-to-basics and assess where they can offer a lean service and where to invest in areas that will make a difference. It will guide HR to be fit for purpose and cost-effective today, and agile enough to respond to the changing needs of tomorrow,” she continued.

Andrea Cartwright, director of HR, SuperGroup, said: “It’s not possible, realistic or necessary for HR to be the best in every practice area. The HR blueprint helps you prioritise and focus. Given the strategic aims of the business, you can work out where you absolutely need to be the best, and where you can afford to invest less. The days of HR benchmarking are long gone. Now you have to clearly understand the business strategy, and the people levers that must be pulled to achieve it.”

Richard Mills, director of UK HR & European talent management, Panasonic Europe, said: “Making sense of what HR can achieve and deliver in a global organisation is complex – most HR models that help with this are far too complicated. The HR blueprint provides a simple framework that helps cut through the complexity in a structured way. This makes it very easy to engage the business in a dialogue about how HR can align with business goals, which is absolutely critical. It has helped us to see the gaps in our HR strategy, and where we need to increase, or indeed reduce, investment.”

As well as completing the HR blueprint for themselves, HR professionals have the opportunity to create team blueprints to guide and facilitate planning workshops and reviews, and gather the opinions of team members across multiple functional areas and geographical locations.