Essay about Strategic Linkages Assignment – Mgmt 410

993 Words Jun 1st, 2013 4 Pages
1. Why do you think is it important for HR to be a strategic partner to the business?
Strategic partners (also called strategic allies) are two or more companies that work together in joint ventures. Strategic partners often share long-term relationships and all parties within the partnership strive towards similar goals. Partners also do not get in the way of each other. Instead, they reinforce one another in order to obtain their set business objectives. For an HR department to be a strategic partner for a business, they must understand the strategic plan of that business, and vice-versa. Strategic planning produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, what it does, and why it does it. It
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2. What benefits do you think the employees derive from this arrangement?
By arranging HR to be a strategic partner, employees will develop a greater understanding of how the business that they work for truly functions. This is essential, because employees that are blindly working towards an unknown goal tend lose motivation and question there position. Having HR strategically partnered means that a business will be able to have a direct positive impact on employee performance. A strategically planned HR is able to work with human resources on a more personal level, while maintaining the strategic goals of the overall corporation. It’s all about trust and instilling motivation in my book. HR should have confidence in employee integrity and their ability to achieve results. When corporations forget about the human element, or don’t have a properly aligned (arranged) HR team, negative side effects tend to occur. As in, employees will attempt to restore equity through various means, some of which may be counter-productive to organizational goals and objectives. For an example, employees who feel their work is not being appreciated may work less or undervalue the work of other employees. Another benefit of having an arrangement like this is the influence HR has on change management. Being able to cope with (manage) change is one of the sole capabilities needed to

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