Three steps to a better HR business partner model

Topics: Business Partner Model, Strategic Alignment, Workforce, Organizational Models

September 6, 2012  |  HR Advancement Center

Strategies for Enhancing Business Partner Impact

The idea behind the HR business partner model is to pair HR specialists with operational leaders to advance key organizational goals. However, building a truly effective HR business partner model can be challenging due to two common pitfalls:

  • Adopting a HR business partner in name only. True reorganization means changing the day-to-day work and responsibilities, not just titles or office names.
  • Diluting the impact of business partners’ efforts. Rather than working together with operational leaders to advance key organizational goals, business partners get sucked into focusing on only a manager's pet projects.

Jennifer Stewart shares how you can set your business partners up for success, and ultimately demonstrate their contribution to the larger organization.

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The Center's study, Perfecting the Business Partner Model, offers concrete guidance on how to create truly “strategic” business partners, based on close examination of organizations successfully deploying the model to bridge health care’s strategy-execution gap.