HR Strategy and Consulting

Strategic HR Advisory that Aligns
Current and Future Needs

Human resources has long been evolving beyond its traditional—and outdated—role as a mere processor of administrative transactions. Today, HR must be viewed as a strategic partner to your business. The intensity of competition and the pace of change demand that the HR function fulfill this mandate. HR leaders need a clear view of their current capabilities, a set of clear priorities linked to the business strategy, and a targeted approach to improve the most urgent problem areas.

To achieve these objectives, company leaders need to take a strategic view of HR and its underlying activities. The HR function can be broken down into multiple areas, ranging from leadership and talent management to strategic workforce planning, employer branding, social media, and diversity management. In each area, it is critical not only to realistically assess your company’s current capabilities—but also to understand the degree to which that activity will become important in the future. Using this insight, companies can specifically invest to improve the areas that matter most.

Why is Strategic HR Important?

HR is the heartbeat of every organization. This is where talent begins, develops, and eventually ends. HR leads culture and productivity. HR is very strategic! HR should:

  • Ensure the goals of a human resource department reflect and support the goals of the rest of the organization 
  •  Utilize the talent and opportunity within the HR department to make other departments stronger and more effective.

What Are the Benefits of Strategic
HR Advisory from Great Workplaces?

Discovering issues you don’t know exist to become more effective at managing them

Identifying strategic HR challenges and opportunities

Finding the time to execute on a strategic plan

What Our Clients Say

I received a promotion in April, and as part of the promotion my boss negotiated some coaching hours with Karen. To be honest, I was hesitant. In my former employment, coaching was used when they were trying to walk you out the door. And I was a little confused: I just got a promotion, but now I need coaching? But when I first met Karen face to face, I grasped it. And then I embraced it. She asked me, “What do you want to see? What are your fears?” I came from a male-dominated, government workplace, and I wanted to learn how to be heard, and how to be a leader in this new environment. Karen and I called it “understanding how to be a corporate lady.” For instance, I had an upcoming meeting with my boss’s boss, and Karen helped me prepare and gave me feedback when I practiced the presentation. Afterward, we talked about ways to improve. Even though I only worked with Karen for three months, I continue to work on the development plan we created. My boss said I’m very confident when I speak to higher-level executives now. I’m getting a lot more kudos because of that.

Coached by Karen Gulliford
Manager at a national health insurance company

What Our Clients Say

I received a promotion in April, and as part of the promotion my boss negotiated some coaching hours with Karen. To be honest, I was hesitant. In my former employment, coaching was used when they were trying to walk you out the door. And I was a little confused: I just got a promotion, but now I need coaching? But when I first met Karen face to face, I grasped it. And then I embraced it. She asked me, “What do you want to see? What are your fears?” I came from a male-dominated, government workplace, and I wanted to learn how to be heard, and how to be a leader in this new environment. Karen and I called it “understanding how to be a corporate lady.” For instance, I had an upcoming meeting with my boss’s boss, and Karen helped me prepare and gave me feedback when I practiced the presentation. Afterward, we talked about ways to improve. Even though I only worked with Karen for three months, I continue to work on the development plan we created. My boss said I’m very confident when I speak to higher-level executives now. I’m getting a lot more kudos because of that.

Coached by Karen Gulliford
Manager at a national health insurance company