Mistakes When Implementing An HR Transformation Strategy

5 Common Mistakes Made When Implementing An HR Transformation Strategy



As companies grow it’s common to implement HR transformation strategies.

The idea is to put an HR department in place that can handle business growth.

People are one of the biggest assets for a company. Making sure there is a proper human resource strategy in place ensures that right people are being hired and also are being managed properly during their tenure.

But there are a lot of bumps on the road of implementing an HR transformation strategy. We’ve encountered a lot of them and with all the experience of this space, a list of common mistakes and their solutions has been created

Advice for handling common mistakes when implementing an HR Transformation Strategy

Mistake #1 – Missing The Big Picture

It is the tendency of a organization to focus on small things, mostly day-to-day tasks. They make sure these tasks are done efficiently without keeping the bigger picture in mind.

By big picture, we mean the ultimate vision of your company and where does the company stand today.

Mistake #2 – Not Aligning HR Strategies With Business Goals

We have seen some companies implementing HR strategies that are created on an island, separate from the business goals.

When starting with an HR transformation strategy, take the company’s top priorities and use them as guidelines for the new HR strategy.

Mistake #3 – Losing Focus On Unified Processes

Processes make business efficient and effective.

Successful HR departments focus on the processes and the people that will carry out those processes so that the business can operate efficiently.

Without a focus on the processes it’s easy to lose efficiency and effectiveness.

Mistake #4 – Not Giving Employees Ways To Make Process Improvements

Finding employees to complete tasks and carry out processes is one aspect of the HR department, but one mistake we usually see is that employees aren’t given the power to suggest process improvements.

HR department’s work is to make sure that there is continuous process improvement. The way to get improvements is to give employees various ways to make improvements.

This doesn’t mean employees can make changes at will, but through the proper channels that HR can manage and monitor.

Mistake #5 – Avoiding Communication With Employees Early In the Transformation

Finally, a mistake which we see often.

A company’s executives will move to implementing HR changes, but they won’t tell their employees until it’s time for implementation.

Surprising employees in this manner can lead to a pushback. Change is difficult and employees often feel threatened by big, sweeping changes.

Communicate with your employees about HR changes. Let them know the reason for the changes and why it’s good for the business and for them.


Hopefully this insight can help you as you work on your HR transformation strategy.

It’s exciting to make changes in human resources because it usually means that your company is growing. But as you grow there are usually a few pains.

It’s difficult to avoid every mistake, but hopefully you can avoid the ones above by planning for them now.

Are you making HR changes?

We want to hear your suggestions for avoiding mistakes.

Please leave your advice in the comments.

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