Last month, Personnel Today revealed that Royal Mail had cut its HR spend by £57m in just two years. Speaking exclusively to Personnel Today, Royal Mail group HR director Tony McCarthy and people and organisational development director, Kevin Green, said that the HR budget has been cut from £173m at the start of 2003, to £116m.
A complete overhaul in the HR function has played a key role. The size of the department has dropped from 3,700 to 2,400 people, while HR managers have been asked to be far more accountable, with weekly ratings and league tables on performance, in areas such as sickness absence.
Green has made some significant achievements at the Royal Mail Group since joining in October 2003 as its chief learning officer. His rationale for joining Royal Mail was that it "represents the biggest turnaround in UK corporate history".
If you're a member of the Personnel Today HR Directors Club, you can hear about how Kevin has been pushing through radical organisational change at our next HR Directors Club event on 17 March.
To find out more about the event and to book your place, go to www.hrdirectorsclub.com
To read about how Royal Mail slashed its HR budget by £57m, go to www.personneltoday.com/27620.article
To read the full feature, about how the Royal Mail team is well placed to deliver changes, in which Tony McCarthy and Kevin Green outline the next stage of their restructuring, go to www.personneltoday.com/27751.article
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