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Strategic Human Resource Management
An HR Professional's Toolkit
HR's contribution to the business goes beyond its traditional role of managing hiring, discipline and payroll. Strategic Human Resource Management is a practical guide for all those in HR roles to support wider organizational goals and objectives whilst developing and engaging individual employees through focussing on the concept of 'People Experience'. Drawing upon tools, exercises and case studies, this complete resource covers the core areas that are essential to achieving competitive advantage through understanding yourself, your business, your industry and your profession.
Strategic Human Resource Management shows how to hone the personal skills needed to excel in HR and leadership positions, such as authenticity, network building and managing stakeholder relationships, alongside the importance of focussing on self-care and mental wellbeing. It provides guidance on building competitor awareness, markets and channels, trends and forecasting and interpreting financial results in order to build commercial acumen. Career frameworks, professional accreditation and the importance of continued personal and professional development are also explored, in addition to technological trends and the future of work in a changing business environment. This comprehensive toolkit is an indispensable resource for HR professionals who want to implement HR practices that benefit the business and its workforce, and make an impact within their organization and profession.
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"In a world where HR has to be as creative, agile and future-focused as any other part of the business, this book shows not only how important this is but how to make it possible. It will be the go-to resource for all my HR coachees who are looking to make their mark in business."--Paul Deeprose, Founder of The Career Gym "Karen has an obvious passion for and commitment to the HR profession. This book does a wonderful job of chronicling her HR journey and sharing her narrative. Her insights will be helpful as a guide to other HR professionals who want to make a difference."--Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan & Partner, The RBL Group "This is a practical guide for HR professionals seeking to create performance-enhancing HR led by commercial goals. It is all the more powerful coming from an award-winning HRD who has been there and done it, experiencing the ups and downs and building resilience with humility and learning. A most useful handbook to progress your HR career and achieve more."--Darren Hockaday - HR Director, Gatwick Airport "What Karen Beaven has created is the missing link between individual, professional, organisational and business perspectives, on the key role HR professionals can have in the fabled future of work. Packed full of quotes, references, exercises and real-life stories, this is the go-to book for those serious about their impact in the work they do, that might now be called HR Strategy. Reset and reinvent HR? You bet..!"--Perry Timms, Chief Energy Officer, PTHR #5 HR Most Influential Thinker 2018 "An excellent handbook for anyone with HR or line management responsibilities, putting the employee experience at the forefront. The chapters are well researched, providing snackable information with sections on how your thinking will be changed, toolkit essentials and reflection questions."--Julie Merritt, General Manager "This much-needed and easy-to-read book provides a fantastic guide for today's HR professional. It is a great combination of education into modern practice and terminology blended with practical advice and encouragement for how to navigate the shifting commercial landscapes that we all face."--Kim Atherton - Chief People Officer, OVO Energy and CEO, Just3Things "Finally, a professional self-help book for HR practitioners from the 'Bouncebackability' Queen herself! As an avid fan of Karen's PX vision, I look forward to a future HR profession full of human-centric and business focused practitioners, closely collaborating with their people and leaders to build commercially successful and sustainable organisations. As Karen states - 'To be inspirational, you must first be inspired', and this book will do that for you."--Natal Dank - Chief HR Agilist at Southern Blue Consulting and co-founder of the Agile HR Community "This is an inspirational guide written by a been there, seen it, done it industry specialist who knows what she is talking about and is not afraid to explain it. By learning about staff, the benefits of a personal network, the industry you work in and your aspirations, the reader can grow into a passionate leader and guide a business to become a driving force in their field."--Stu Walker, Managing Director - Integrated Sales & Marketing Solutions "This book is a massive gift not just to HR leaders but to all leaders. Karen turns fundamental concepts into extremely practical steps but most of all she conveys all of her experiences and recommendations in a truly human way. After reading this book you will look after yourself and your people differently and you will be totally confident that you are adding additional value to your organization."--David Frost, Organisational Development Director at Total Produce plc "This is a must-read book, whether you are an experienced HR professional or a novice at the start of your career. It is an indispensable guide to understanding the world of work and adding strategic value by challenging you to rethink your understanding of HR. The future is really is all about the People Experience and awareness of self, business, industry and profession."--Shakil Butt, HR Hero, HR and Leadership Consultant "The book is a clear call to HR professionals to continue developing themselves, encourages reflection on the profession and its responsibilities, and the skills needed to succeed in Human Resources - along with guidance on how to develop them. It's great to see a book on HR stepping out of our traditional task and priorities and considering the wider organization, industry and future trends. This book is a true toolkit for the HR professional - a 'how to' guide on how to be great at what we do - whilst also encouraging us to step outside of our comfort zone."--Gemma Dale, Co-founder, The Work Consultancy