Strip away the layers
I’d like your feedback on the following concepts from Marc Effron, author of One Page Talent Management (Harvard Business Press). The following ideas were published in Daily News Analysis.
1. HR has been seduced by all the bells and whistles available in HR technology and management systems.
2. We need to simplify HR activities. For example, 360-degree feedback programs are too complex. They often require employees to fill out extensive questionnaires about co-workers, which leads to worker frustration and jaded attitudes about the review process. Instead, Effron promotes the One Page Talent Management idea. He says that employers should simplify the performance review process by developing three competencies for each employee. When an area needs improvement, co-workers offer solutions, which are shared during the feedback process.
In essence, Effron is reigning in some of the HR processes that have become too big to be effective. I think his idea has merit. However, how far can processes be cut back before they don’t accomplish the intended goal?