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5 Ways a CEO Should Think About HR

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Published August 25, 2017


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Alicia Croke
a Digital Marketing Specialist at Rhythm Systems

The Human Resource budget is one of the biggest budgets a CEO sees on his desk every 5 Ways a CEO should think about HRday. Gallup "estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion in lost productivity per year." 

As a CEO, you are constantly under pressure to meet shareholders' needs and stay under budget. Your human capital is one way to keep a healthy chunk of your budget in check. Our CEO, Patrick Thean, shared with me some ways a successful CEO should think about Human Capital Management and how to win the talent war.

1. Communicate a Clear Strategy

Are you crystal clear on your company strategy? Does your HR strategy reflect what your needs are to achieve your company's BHAG and winning moves?

During your planning sessions, make sure that each strategic initiative has the proper human resource so that each initiative gets done, successfully!

2. Execute Your Strategy

Now that you are clear on the strategy and planning, how are you going to execute your strategic vision?

What is your hiring process? How will you get the right players on the bus? As a CEO, you should have a hand in what is involved in the hiring process. As the leader of your organization, the results of your new hires will have a large impact on your company.

3. Forget About Retention

Instead, focus on growing and developing your team. Begin with the end in mind when thinking about your workforce: Where do you want them to be a year from now, five years from now?

Most workers now are very mobile in their role. Gone are the days of 50-year careers at one place. However, if you can retain and engage your workforce, you can save more than just money!

4. Fire Your Bad Managers

According to Gallup, "People join companies, but leave managers."

Your bad managers are the number one reason your A players leave. "The fish rots from the head down" is one of Patrick's favorite management sayings. If your culture is weak and you are starting to notice a jump in turnover, you need to turn your eyes towards management.

Want to learn more about workforce management and hiring? Check out our amazing speaker line-up at Breakthrough 2017! Gallup's Tom Hoff has a great session on "How Employee Engagement Can Help Increase Profitability by 21%."

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