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HR on a Shoestring

HR on a Shoestring

by Frank Roche on January 19, 2009

in KnowHR

If you had to run HR on a shoestring, what would you keep and what would you discard?

It’s funny, we tend to keep things long after their expiration date. Look in your own refrigerator for proof. You know the only things that last are mustard, pickles, and beer. That milk? Whew!

If I had to run HR on a shoestring, here are a few things I’d keep:

  • Compensation strategy
  • Benefits strategy
  • HR field operations — the real business types

If I had to run HR on a shoestring, here are a few things I’d outsource:

  • Payroll
  • Open enrollment — all of it.
  • Learning & Development

If I had to run HR on a shoestring, here are a few things I’d dump:

  • Rules that can’t be defended except by “that’s how we’ve always done it”
  • HR types whose only function is defending those rules
  • Anyone who didn’t think about the business reason first

I could make list upon list. I’m interested in what you would keep, outsource, or dump. If you have 10 seconds, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you. And if you want to know where the idea for this story came from, I made a 30-second movie to tell you. (That’s me talking.)

HR on a Shoestring; The Movie

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