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Strategic Human Resource Management

Aligning people with workplace growth

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Woman and Man Walking at Work

With companies expanding and striving to hit new and improved targets, human resource management professionals need to be able to identify and look beyond factors that impact the performance of the organisation.

One way organisations and their human resource professionals can go about making a positive strategic difference to the company is by incorporating a strategic human resource management framework.

Strategic human resource management is the connection between an organisation’s human resources department and its strategies, objectives and goals.

Looking at how developing and retaining employees, which can positively impact an organisation’s long-term goals and performance, is the cornerstone of strategic human resource management.

Taking a proactive view on the human resources sector, strategic human resource management utilises a broad range of tools to link people management to an organisation’s future vision and growth.

Incorporating strategic human resource management training can allow human resources professionals to understand and implement the key aspects, which can unite and improve an organisation’s performance.

A consultant specialising in organisation and people development, Jude Balm FAIM helps professionals improve and extend their necessary skills and knowledge to make a strategic impact within their company.

Facilitating the AIM WA Strategic Human Resource Management Course, Dr Balm said the program was aimed at professionals wanting to expand on their human resource management knowledge and build skills in strategic human resource management.

“It helps participants to articulate the role human resources can play in aligning people strategies to organisational objectives.” 

“Overall the course looks at understanding the role and importance of diversity in a workplace, building a human resource strategy and considering implications for implementation, as well as connecting with key stakeholders to support strategy and developing specific strategies to support the change process,” he said.

Who will find the course beneficial?

Dr Balm said the course would be beneficial for human resource professionals who would like to elevate their skills and abilities to understand and offer a strategic impact within their company.

“It is for anyone who is responsible for the design and development of human resource strategies and those who are interested in exploring new ideas in a practical way,” he said.

“They could benefit by developing a successful human resource strategy that considers all aspects of the business.”

Dr Balm said the organisations, in which the human resource professionals worked, would also benefit from this course.

“Organisations will benefit by having better utilisation of scarce resources in a changing and challenging environment, measuring the value of human capital investment in the business,” he said.

“They will be able to anticipate change and assist the organisation to be more agile, to adapt to a changing external and internal environment through structured and disciplined planning.

“As well as having a planned and structured approach to identifying, acquiring, maintaining and developing talent to suit business needs, there will be a strategy to retain exceptional talent and provide a safe, yet challenging environment to grow talent.

“Organisations will be able to identify and manage which human resource services need to be retained in-house and which can be outsourced with minimal risk to the business, and learn to make use of limited fiscal resources in the business by effectively using human resource services.”

What the course covers

Dr Balm said the course would cover topics that would strengthen the skillset human resource professionals already had under their belt.

“The course covers how to articulate the role human resources plays in aligning people and organisational objectives, understanding how to better connect with and influence key stakeholders to support the strategy, learning how to implement change in the organisation and gaining essential skills to effectively handle trends and changes in human resources.”

Dr Balm said once human resource professionals got back into the office, these skills would transform the way human resources was undertaken within the organisation.

“They will be able to plan and implement an overall human resource strategy for the business and understand the value of a well-planned strategy to a business in a dynamic environment,” he said.

Not just for human resource professionals

While professionals in the human resource sector will benefit the most from undertaking the course, Dr Balm said key stakeholders would also garner some important understandings of the human resource role within their business.

“In a matrix organisation, it is essential that key stakeholders have a broad understanding of the functions of a business,” he said.

“This program will help them to understand the role of human resources and its impact across the organisation.”