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A Matter of Perspective in HR

A Matter of Perspective in HR

by Frank Roche on July 23, 2008

in KnowHR

See that house in the picture? It was built in Ridley Creek State Park, just outside Philadelphia, in 1736. Two hundred and fifty-two years ago that house was the best and brightest house around. It functioned as a mill and a home to the family who built it. Which made me think about our view of time in HR.

A few questions:

  1. When did long-term (as in “incentives”) become 3 years?
  2. How many performance management “systems” has your company had in the last 10 years?
  3. What happened to “Built to Last”?

What HR program or system are you working on right now that will stand the test of time?

Hell, it’s easy to get a bunch of consultants who help you implement the program du jour. It’s easy to copy what other companies are doing. It’s easy to do a bunch of training instead of implementing systems.

What’s tough — and what will last — is thinking up big ideas, having the guts to stick with them when you know you’re right, and thinking about time in increments bigger than year-to-year.

How about that? Will people be looking at your HR house in 250 years?

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