Understand the context of your organisation
HR spends a lot of time being reactive and there may be little opportunity to pause and reflect. However, it is vital for HR teams to understand what the future will bring, what this means for our companies and how we can help them recruit the right people for the right jobs at the right time.
At BP, we experiment with a process I call “workforce shaping”, liaising closely with our finance function to understand where our capital investment goes and how that will impact our people needs in 5-10 years’ time. Through this, we can map out a profile of the workers we will require, the number of graduates we should hire, the language skills, nationalities and so on, in a strategic way.