Reflections Upon Business Partnering
HR Business Partnering has gathered a lot of buzz in recent years, in an attempt to place the HR function on a more strategic level. The concept of business partnering should not simply be restricted to HR professionals who may hold the title as a HR Business Partner. As HR takes on more of an advisory role to the business, we will need to constantly remind ourselves how we can better meet the increasing demands and expectations from the internal clients that we serve.
Here are a list of reflective questions that we can ask ourselves, alongside with our business counterparts, as we strive to become more effective partners:
- What are the specific expectations the business has on me (or HR in general)?
- What support am I committed to deliver?
- What are the most important deliverables I have towards the business, in order of priority?
- What risks / threats / constraints can impact the relationship between HR and the business?
- What realistic deadlines can we fix for each deliverables?
- How will we hold each other accountable for delivery?
- What resources are available to me? What help can I gather, and from where/who?
These questions may look familiar in the context of project management or consultancy, but taking the step forward to discuss and define some of the answers to these questions can help to establish the trust and accountability both parties have in this closely knitted relationship between HR and business.