HR must take the lead in reorganisations

Many
private and public sector reorganisations are failing to deliver sustained
improvements, according to a major survey of HR directors and chief executives.

The
CIPD study, Organising for Success in the 21st Century, claims that HR must
play a leading role in reorganisations and develop an embedded capacity for
organisational design.

The
research found that people issues were often neglected during reorganisations,
leading to a fall-off in morale and employees leaving the organisation.

Professor
Richard Whittington, who carried out the research, said there is considerable
scope for a larger HR role in reorganisation and call on the function to get
involved much earlier.

Other
key findings:


Nearly half of reorganisations fail to achieve hoped-for improvements


Only a quarter of cases led to an improvement when there was no HR involvement


Over 60 per cent of respondents want to see greater consultation and better
training


For future reorganisations two-thirds of respondents feel employee consultation
should be increased

By Ross Wigham

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