HR Book: The Top 7 Challenges for HR Managers

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How Can You and Your Team Overcome the Key HR Challenges?

HR plays a crucial part in ensuring an organisation delivers its corporate strategy and objectives by effectively recruiting and developing people and managing their performance

We wrote this HR book to help you with that. Specifically, we’ve drawn from over two decades of experience supporting businesses and organisations in managing their human resources. All in all, this is a comprehensive and practical guide on how to leverage human resources for high-level efficacy.

The Top 7 Challenges

The HR book explores the top 7 challenges within the HR world, drawing on experience, advice, and expertise from industry experts to provide you with the best solutions to these challenges.

  1. Talent Acquisition.
  2. Retaining Employees.
  3. Improving Employee Experience.
  4. Managing Change.
  5. Supporting Continuous Learning and Development.
  6. Leadership Development.
  7. Diversity in an Organisation.

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Dave Ulrich’s Foreword

The Foreword of the Book is from David Ulrich, a Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan Partner, The RBL Group.

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Our HR book will help you to identify key HR challenges and overcome them.

 

“Today’s current contextual challenges (including health pandemic, social unrest, political toxicity, digital reinvention, and climate (ESG) concerns) have placed people and organisation issues at the heart of business success. On the same note, the ability to increase employee productivity and sentiment, realise strategic reinvention, anticipate and connect with customers, increase investor value, and become positive social citizens comes from wise investments in people and organisations.

In the broad field of people and organisations, there is a movement towards “human capability” which organises legacy “HR” work into four domains: talent, leadership, organisation, and HR. Furthermore, research convincingly shows that when organisations invest in human capability, they deliver value to all stakeholders.

For HR (departments, professionals, and practices) to rise to the opportunity of creating value in a changing world, innovative ideas need to be translated into specific actions.

This book does a superb job of not only identifying 7 challenges in the “human capability” domain but asking specific questions and offering practical solutions that will help business and HR leaders create value.”

Thank You to Our Contributors

We wanted to use this section of the blog to say a huge thank you to our contributors. Their help and expertise has meant that we can proudly bring to you our very best advice and solutions on how to overcome those HR challenges.

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Derek Bruce

Global Leader | TedX Speaker | Event Host & Facilitator | HR & L&D Expert | Tech Geek | CEO & Founder ‘Derek Bruce Associates’

derekbruce-associates.com

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Lord Mark Price

Founder of Engaging Business and WorkL, Chairman of Fair Trade UK writer and member of the House of Lords

https://lordmarkprice.com/

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Shakil Butt

HR Hero, HR & Leadership Professional, D&I Consultant, Non-Executive Director CIPD, Public Speaker, Visiting Lecturer

hrheroforhire.co.uk

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James Kerr

Best-selling author of Legacy, 15 Lessons in Leadership. International speaker. High-performance consultant

chalkprojects.com

Mich Bondesio smiling contributor to HR book

Mich Bondesio

Writer, Performance Coach & Consultant for Creative & Digitally-focused Business People & Team

bondesio.com

Geoff Burch

Geoff Burch

Rip roaring keynote speaker. Making Business Fun. Best-selling business author and TV presenter

geoffburch.com

Hélène Bejjani contributor to HR book

Hélène Bejjani

Founder of ICQ Global, developer of multi award-winning Global DISC™ model & author of Uncommon Sense in Unusual Times

antalis.com

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Csaba Toth

Global Leader | TedX Speaker | Event Host & Facilitator | HR & L&D Expert | Tech Geek | CEO & Founder ‘Derek Bruce Associates’

icq.global

Teresa Boughey wearing a red shirt with purple TED sign in the background contributor to HR book

Teresa Boughey

TEDx Speaker | Diversity & Inclusion Thought Leader | Bestselling Author | Non-Executive Director

junglehr.com

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Nathan Simmonds

FreeMind Therapy | Integration | Leadership | Coach | Trainer | Speaker

nathansimmonds
coaching.com

Ensure You and Your Team’s Performance is up to Scratch

Alongside our expert HR Book, we’re also giving you a competency framework. Download our free set of scorecards to ensure that your organisation has a set structure in place for subjects such as diversity in the workplace, learning and development, retaining employees, and much more.

These scorecards have been designed to give you and your organisation a well-defined set of behaviours that are required in your work that ensure everyone is clear about how they are expected to perform their jobs.


Links from the Book

Below are the links from each page so that anyone with a physical copy of the book can follow the links too.

Page 10

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/about/sticky-learning/ 
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/training/learning-to-learn-course/ 
  3. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-ebbinghaus-forggeting-curve-darren-a-smith-das-/

Page 15

  1. https://www.ere.net/articles/the-top-10-reasons-why-managers-hate-recruiting
  2. https://press.careerbuilder.com/2017-12-07-Nearly-Three-in-Four-Employers-Affected-by-a-Bad-Hire-According-to-a-Recent-CareerBuilder-Survey

Page 16

  1. https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/hard-skills
  2. https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/resumes-cover-letters/technical-skills
  3. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/soft-skills-increasingly-crucial-getting-your-dream-guy-berger-ph-d-/?published=t
  4. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/communication-skills-ultimate-guide/
  5. https://www.staffingadvisors.com/blog/how-to-write-job-descriptions-that-attract-top-performers/
  6. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/hr-scorecard/

Page 20

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/conflict-resolution-skills-ultimate/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/team-building-skills-ultimate-guide/

Page 21

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/leadership-skills-ultimate-guide/

Page 24

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/podcast/derek-bruce/

Page 25

  1. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/4-interview-questions-see-truth-every-candidate-brendan-reid/

Page 26

  1. https://whothebook.com/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topgrading
  3. https://hbr.org/2016/02/a-scorecard-for-making-better-hiring-decisions
  4. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/competency-framework/
  5. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/ask-questions/
  6. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/hr-perspective/

Page 29

  1. https://www.gov.uk/employer-preventing-discrimination/recruitment

Page 31

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/hr-management-tips/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/shop/

Page 36

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/staff-retention/ 
  2. https://www.td.org/newsletters/the-buzz/not-all-turnover-is-bad
  3. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/ultimate-guides/

Page 39

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/challenge-learners-mind-set/

Page 40

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/communication-skills-ultimate-guide/
  2. https://simonsinek.com/

Page 41

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/recruitment-agency-fees-temp/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/interview-tips/
  3. https://www.youngupstarts.com/2017/08/19/how-to-recognize-talent/

Page 43

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/podcast/james-kerr/

Page 44

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/how-to-improve-trust/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/people-management-skills-ultimate/
  3. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/thats-not-how-we-do-it-here/

Page 46

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/coaching-skills-ultimate-guide/
  2. https://www.workzone.com/blog/micromanager/

Page 47

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/ask-questions/
  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2015/02/02/6-things-wise-leaders-do-to-engage-their-employees/#205c9ada7f5d
  3. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/training/executive-coaching/
  4. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/emotional-intelligence/

Page 48

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/coaching-skills-ultimate-guide/

Page 52

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/hr-management-tips/

Page 55

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employment#Employee

Page 56

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/reflection-leadership-styles/
  2. https://www.valuescentre.com/

Page 57

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/leadership-qualities/

Page 58

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/reflection-organisational-change/

Page 60

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/podcast/caroline-shine/

Page 61

  1. https://lordmarkprice.com/

Page 65

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individual
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organization
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crisis
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mergers_and_acquisitions

Page 67

  1. https://open.spotify.com/episode/4k0ak6ajRvmY8tvkO2zSfq 

Page 68

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/influencing-skills-ultimate-guide/

Page 69

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79LI2fkNZ2k
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/max-influence-presentation/

Page 70

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/people-management-skills-ultimate/

Page 71

  1. https://www.slideshare.net/roffeypark/developing-your-organisational-development-strategy
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/5-main-influencing-styles/

Page 81

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/podcast/helene-bejjani/

Page 82

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/review-power-company-culture/
  2. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/culture

Page 83

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/people-management-skills-ultimate/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/change-management/
  3. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/transformational-leadership/

Page 86

  1. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/agile

Page 87

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experiment

Page 88

Page 89

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/training/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/reflection-new-manager/
  3. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/make-learning-stick/

Page 95

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/learning-and-development-managers/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/leadership-development/
  3. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/decision-making-bar/
  4. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/learner-engagement-equation/

Page 96

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/people-management-skills-ultimate/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/category-manager-job/
  3. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/communication-skills-ultimate-guide/
  4. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/interview-tips/
  5. https://www.junglehr.com/our-rangers/
  6. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/reflection-new-manager/

Page 97

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/communication-interview/

Page 98

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/free/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/about/sticky-learning/
  3. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/staff-retention/

Page 99

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/leadership-development/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/permanent-placement-fees/

Page 100

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/coaching-skills-ultimate-guide/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/podcast/annual-appraisal/

Page 103

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lzTWvfoTY4

Page 108

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Leadership-Skills-Infographic.pdf

Page 112

  1. https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en

Page 114

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/podcast/csaba-toth/

Page 115

  1. https://www.mckinsey.com/capabilities/people-and-organizational-performance/our-insights/why-diversity-matters

Page 117

  1. https://www.linkedin.com/business/talent/blog/talent-acquisition/ideas-for-cultivating-diversity-and-inclusion

Page 118

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/influencing-skills-ultimate-guide/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/presentation-skills-ultimate-guide/

Page 119

  1. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/induction-process/
  2. https://www.makingbusinessmatter.co.uk/communication-skills-ultimate-guide/

Page 122

  1. https://www.junglehr.com/

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