I’m currently team leading a Mini Hack Team over at the CIPD Hackathon. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a management Hack looking at organisational agility and adaptability, lead by the UK CIPD.
The purpose of this blog is to do a little crowdsourcing from the HR community. So if you are reading this and can think of some chintz in your own organisation, please contribute your ideas either using the hashtag #chintz or in the blog comments.
Are you sitting comfortably? If so, let me explain the title of this blog, and this particular Mini-Hack.
I’ve blogged before on the futility of some HR processes (scroll back a little and you’ll find it if you are interested). I believe that there are two challenges for both HR teams and the wider organisations that they support to overcome if they want to achieve agility. The first is attitude and mindset. The second is bureaucracy. Today I’m focusing on the second.
There are too many things around and about HR that don’t add value to the organisation and its goals, take too much time, constrain us. Processes, procedures, policies. I believe we need to strip it back, to free ourselves up.
I’m suggesting that as HR practitioners it is time for us to replace this stuff with something less bureaucratic instead. Or better still, replace them with nothing. It is time to simplify, to chuck out our chintz.
I have a three part test for processes in my team for our HR activity, three questions we need to ask ourselves. Firstly, can we explain, in just a couple of sentences, the value of the activity to the organisation. Secondly, is the activity a legal requirement. Thirdly, does anyone do anything with the output or does it get used to support decision making. If it doesn’t pass the test, we consider stopping it. Sometimes we just stop doing it to see if anyone notices – give it a go!
I’m starting the list with one or two of my ideas, but I’d like yours too.
Replace with something less bureaucratic instead:
Probation Reviews. Replaced with….. a conversation.
Employee Engagement Surveys. Replace with…..regular dialogue and feedback.
Performance Review Annual Scores. Replace with…..meaningful feedback.
Job evaluation. Replace it with…. anything, please.
The 9-5 / contractual working hours. Replace with…. just getting the job done.
Replace with nothing at all:
The Employee Handbook.
Holiday booking systems.
Help the Hackers Chuck out the HR #Chintz!