Magazine article Workforce

Ten Tips toward Becoming a World-Class Company

Magazine article Workforce

Ten Tips toward Becoming a World-Class Company

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The following is taken from WORKFORCE ONLINE's "Tip of the Day," where a new tip is posted each workday at http://www. workforceonline.com

Become speed demons.

To gain the speed it takes to win today, picture a tranquil farm instead of a checkered flag. Consider a revolutionary business model-a family farm-where:

Members are multiskilled as a result of early learning and participation (as soon as they can walk, children often accompany parents on farm chores).

The work has to be done 365 days a year, so there's strong cooperation between neighboring farms.

Rural cooperatives provide a model for sharing resources and information.

Shift weight.

There's a growing movement from "entitlement" to personal responsibility. Employees are empowered and they're expected to take more control of their own careers. A great place to start is to create Individual Development Plans to address the specific learning needs, interests and career goals of the individual, designed and administered annually.

Decentralize Learning

Make learning more customized and responsive to immediate needs by moving learning from the classroom to the individual. Replace training centers with just-in-time instruction. Many companies use exemplary front-line employees to train their peers. Peer teaching can be as simple as posting a learning-needs chart in a visible place where people can advertise a need and co-workers can respond to offer help.

Maximize brainpower.

Maximizing a company's intellectual assets is essential. Try this approach:

Track brainpower through an employee-skills database, including tangibles like technology or foreign language skills and intangibles like creativity.

Prioritize projects and keep "time budgets" to show where people are really spending their time and effort.

Meet with clients to align the focus of your organization with the strategic objectives of your clients.

Assemble a team to forecast how emerging trends will affect your business. Position HR in the boardroom.

The human resources role should be a strategic one. The more involved HR is in strategy, the better equipped it will be to recognize future needs and fill them. Today's HR focus is on issues like global thinking, building a pipeline of future talent, and establishing, measuring and tracking core competencies. …

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