New tool for achieving sustainable organisational performance through HR in SMEs

New tool for achieving sustainable organisation performance through HR in SMEs goes live.

Practical tips for growing small and medium sized businesses will also feature at CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition, 6-8 November 2012 at Manchester Central

A tool for those with responsibilities for people management within SMEs has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In recognition of the crucial role good people management has to play in driving long-term performance in SMEs, the tool will help users put people management and HR strategies into practice within their organisation.

Based on the findings of recent CIPD SME-focused research, Sustainable organisation performance through HR in SMEs, the practical tool provides support for individuals and organisations who want to get the most from their people and support their businesses through times of transition and development. The tool includes an ‘organisation stock take’, practical exercises, action planning facilities and a number of real-life case study examples.

Maintaining employee engagement through SME growth is also one of the key topics being discussed at the CIPD’s Annual Conference and Exhibition, this year, where two of the HR professionals highlighted in the SME tool will be speaking. Hazel Stimpson, HR Manager at Harrod UK, an organisation that has successfully transitioned through various stages of growth in recent years, will share her experiences, alongside Lesley Cotton, HR Director at P&O Ferries, who has a history of establishing good people management practices within growing SMEs. The session will provide practical information on how to maintain employee engagement, tips on how to deal with some of the challenges along the growth journey and an overview of how drivers of engagement continue to change as an organisation expands.

Dr Jill Miller, Research Adviser at CIPD and author of the research and tool, will be chairing the SME-focused session at the CIPD Annual Conference. She comments: “SMEs are vital for future economic growth and jobs, accounting for 99.9 per cent of all enterprises in the UK. CIPD research has found that excellent people management helps to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit that is crucial to SME success. However, as an organisation grows, certain challenges arise, particularly when it comes to balancing the need for formal systems and processes with the desire to preserve an innovative culture. With larger teams, maintaining people’s strong engagement with the organisation’s purpose and vision becomes more challenging as the distance between the founder of the organisation and employees increases.”


About elaineonyc

HR generalist who is passionate about the benefits of good HR practice. Experienced in delivering strategic and operational HR initiatives to clients in both public and private sectors. Specialises in working with SMEs.
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