While you will not find a “strategic plan” just waiting for you on the Web, you will find lots of the tools you will need in developing your strategic HR plan. The sites reviewed this issue provide information on trends and events. While there are a number of consulting companies that offer services in strategic planning, they are not reviewed here.
If you are looking for sites related to HR consulting services, send me an e-mail and I’ll send back a number of the consulting sites I have come across.
Human Resources Learning Centre
The Human Resources Learning Centre offers a report that reviews 12 HR practice areas from more than 50 organizations. These case studies discuss the best practices of small, mid-sized and large companies; an excellent tool to use in strategic planning. Although there is a cost to obtain the report, a free executive summary is available for review prior to purchase.
At first look this Web site seemed to have only general HR information. But after spending a little time here, you may find yourself wanting to come back on a regular basis. They have compiled an exhaustive list of resources and information on practically every HR aspect imaginable. So if you’re looking for some new ideas in developing your strategic plan check out this site.
HR.com offers a comprehensive, rather exhaustive array of HR information. The site provides some excellent editorials and articles relating to current events, best practices used in human resources, and much more. Certainly a site you should bookmark because you’ll be coming back again and again.
If you have some room in your training budget you may want to register for this strategic human resources executive program at Queen’s University. A program outline is available online through the above address.
Society for Human Resource Management
Although this site has been noted previously in this column, it is worth listing again with one additional note. From the home page click on “HR news” from the menu on the left side. The society regularly updates the site with current trends and news events relating to HR and information that you need to ensure that your planning is on track.
Human Resources Development Canada
Formerly known as www.hroe.org, this HRDC-sponsored site has a new address, a new look and some new resources for the HR professional. There are two main areas relating to strategic planning for human resources. From the main page click into either “Human Resource Management” or “Productivity/ Competitiveness” and you will be led to a number of relevant articles and links.
Robert Horgan is an HR professional and freelance writer. He can be contacted through his Web site at www.robhorgan.com. His column appears regularly in CloseUp.