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1 Strengthening Your HR Capacity The Government of Canada Perspective Margaret Van Amelsvoort-Thoms Executive Director, Office of the Chief HR Officer Government of Canada April 5, 2013

2 22 The Evolving Role of HR – David Ulrich David Ulrich, one of the most influential leaders in Human Resources, highlights the following: –HRs role needs to be articulated in terms of value added. –HR professionals must be able to partner with managers on strategy – move from activity-focused to results-focused. –The strategic partner role demands a degree of knowledge about strategy and the organization. –Results-based HR organizations are automating the transactional work, and innovating transformational work (e.g. how to attract and motivate young employees, etc.) –HR Professionals must know the business, master HR practices, manage change processes, help create cultures and workplaces, and demonstrate credibility.

3 3 Some Questions That we are Asking Do you consider HR as Professionals? Can HR translate external trends into impacts on your organization? Does HR aim to establish a partnership with managers based on clear, consistent and credible communication? Does HR support the organization during change? Do you consider HR to be innovative? Overall, does HR add clear and significant value to your organization? (i.e. do managers feel that their unit would be less successful without HR?)

4 44 HR Vision HR based on: Enabling Department Leaders to achieve business objectives through provision of expert, strategic advice and guidance relative to People Management Maximizing efficiency and effectiveness through best service delivery model/offerings to clients; Maximizing technology to enable manager and employee self- service based on common processes and standardized systems

5 5 The Government of Canada Workplace in 2015 and Beyond Some trends across organizations: Explore new service delivery models Use of modern technology to do business Common business processes Moving towards a 21 st Century Organization –Clear mission and longer-term goals –Faster decision making and quicker reaction time –Close linkages to partners inside and outside government –Intelligent People Management - Clear performance expectations

6 6 The Government of Canada Workforce in 2015 and Beyond Leaner and more agile workforce Diversity and bilingualism continue to be valued Added core value of Stewardship Some emerging skills to support a high performing workforce: –Versatile and agile –Innovative –Results-focused, productive, efficient –Responsive: Embrace change and transformation –Leveraging technology better –Stronger communication –Values-based leadership –Analysis / Policy focus

7 7 Where Were We Legend: _____ = Current state _____ = Expected 3 year state _____ = Optimal state * 2010 results of an HR community focus group HR Workforce Maturity Model Manager Perceptions HR enforces rules and doesnt enable results. HR professionals are focused on transactions and not strategic advice Not a productive relationship between managers and HR Unclear responsibilities / expectations between managers and HR

8 8 Building the HR Capacity to get there… Common HR business processes as the foundation Explore new service delivery models and modern technologies Moving towards generic work descriptions and competencies for the HR Community Other essentials: –Values –Relationships –Competences

9 9 Common HR Business Processes In 2006/07, the Government of Canada leveraged global best practices to initiate the design of common human resources business processes, in an effort to: –Streamline and simplify –Address inconsistencies –Address unnecessary costs –Improve HR service delivery Being implemented across departments; foundational to the Government of Canada s vision of HR service delivery. Implemented across departments by March 2014.

10 10 Enhancing the Service Delivery Model With a foundation of common HR business processes in place, the Government of Canada is exploring modern HR service delivery models to further: –Reduce costs –Enable efficiencies and productivity To date, the Government of Canada has centralized Pension services and are in the process of centralizing Pay/Compensation services. More work is underway to find efficiencies through modern service delivery models. –Focus on automation –Leverage modern IT tools and Systems

11 11 HR Generic Work Descriptions and Competencies Getting the right people, at the right time, with the right skills continues to be critical to strengthening our HR Capacity Generic Work Descriptions Work ascribed to a given occupational group and level within an organizational context Community Competencies Observable skills, abilities, and/or knowledge defined in terms of behaviours needed for successful job performance Foundation for HR community development Support and enable HR to manage their careers Facilitate hiring the right people Normalize performance expectations across HR community Supports retention Drivers Business needs Service delivery

12 12 Other Essentials Values –Values drive culture and shape behaviour and beliefs of members. HR needs to establish its values. –Clearly establish and act on desired organizational values (e.g. client service, results oriented, etc.) Relationships –Should be meaningful, active and produce results (should exist beyond law or policy) –Ensure key relationships are based on trust and credibility (HR vs. Managers; Management vs. Unions) Competence –HR needs to understand its role and play it confidently –Understand, accept and be accountable for expectations

13 13 Look Beyond Legislation In 2003, the GoC made significant changes to the legislative framework for human resources management. The foundation is in place for good people management, but the results have not come as quickly as desired. A 5-year review of the legislative changes highlighted that successful people management goes beyond the legislation: –Strengthen values to shape the culture and behaviours –Focus on building relationships, not forcing them –Ensure clear expectations and responsibilities are in place for all –Make sure the wiring (infrastructure) is in place to enable success

14 14 Enabling Technology Streamlined Policy Suite HR Workforce Professionalization Common Processes Moving Towards Our Vision Policies are simplified and standardized Automated transactions; managers and employees able to self- serve. Same system across the PS. We know our employees. Each organization does things the same way. HR professionals provide value-added advice and services linked to business objectives. Growing partnership between HR and Managers A culture shift is underway HR Enterprise Model HR business is delivered efficiently, effectively and consistently across the GoC. HR Data

15 15 Questions? Thank you!

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