People Strategy & Performance

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Want to win in the marketplace? Begin in the workplace.

Your business strategy is just words on a page unless you have the organization and people to deliver it. It needs to go hand-in-hand with a people strategy—one that tackles the pain points of today while at the same time addressing the obstacles in the way of your future. And one that also lets you make big bets on the brightest talent—leaving the competition in the dust.

Your people strategy needs to be integrated to drive simplicity and a great employee experience. You need to connect all the elements of your employee life cycle from attraction through to talent management, development and performance management. We know this works because 82% of the worlds’ most admired companies have a people strategy that has been approved by the Board, and organizations that prioritize their employee experience are four times more profitable. Because happier teams mean happier customers. We’ll approach your strategy with all our data and insights on successful organizations. Combine that with our deep expertise in building the ability of your HR team to deliver—and you will see your people strategy come to life.

How we help you

The goal: a people strategy that raises performance

And employee engagement too–now and in the years to come, whatever the future holds. We understand people like no other firm, and that’s always our main focus.

We balance high performance today with a future focus

  • Get clear on the one or two areas that will open up value and get you to your strategic goals
  • Create a people strategy linked to your business strategy
  • Build a talent strategy to find, attract, develop, and engage the people you need for it
  • Mine our people and talent analytics to build your business case
  • Roll out your new people strategy—with clear communication and the right tools and support to bring it to life

Our performance management processes work

  • Make sure everyone in your organization knows how they contribute to success
  • Harness the discretionary effort of your people and help them evolve and improve
  • Build a culture of every-day feedback based on powerful conversations
  • Reward your people in a way that motivates and gives a good return on investment
  • Hold leaders accountable for how they reward performance and build talent

We know how to make your employee experience as good as your customer experience

  • Analyze the gaps between your employee experience now, and where you’d like it to be
  • Balance organizational needs with employee wants
  • Build an employer brand and value proposition that reflects you at your best
  • Design a wellbeing strategy that puts your people first
  • Get your employer brand out there to attract the best in your industry

We can build you an HR function fit for the future

  • Understand your HR function today, and how else you could structure it
  • Define your key roles and make sure you have the best people–today and tomorrow–to fill them
  • Help your HR team build their technical and behavioral skills
  • Put overarching HR strategies, policies, and processes in place to make growth a constant.

Let us be part of your success story

Contact us and see how our consulting services can help you achieve your business goals.

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FAQs about people strategy

What is a people strategy?

A people strategy is a comprehensive plan that outlines how an organization should manage and develop its workforce to achieve its strategic goals. It ensures alignment between an organization’s talent needs and its culture, mission, vision, values, business goals and overall labor market.

A comprehensive people strategy spans a range of activities, from talent acquisition to talent development, employee retention, performance management, leadership development and succession planning. The goal of a people strategy is to ensure that the organization has the right people, with the right skills and experience, in the right roles, at the right time.

Constructing an effective people strategy requires the input of a range of stakeholders, including senior leaders, HR professionals, employees and people strategy consultants. An organization should regularly review its people strategy to ensure it remains relevant and is effectively meeting the organization’s talent and business needs.

Why is a people strategy important?

A people strategy matters to organizations for several reasons.

First, it confirms that an organization’s talent strategy aligns with overall business goals. It ensures that employees have the skills, knowledge and competencies required to support the organization’s business goals — both now and in the future.

Furthermore, a people strategy can attract and retain top talent. It makes sure that employees are given meaningful opportunities for development and growth. It also improves employee productivity and performance because it ensures that everyone has the necessary resources, support and training to excel in their roles. As a result, a people strategy creates a positive work environment that fosters employee engagement and motivation.

A people strategy also makes it easier for organizations to build an effective succession planning strategy. A comprehensive people strategy makes it easier for leaders to identify and develop employees with the potential to take on leadership roles in the future. It also reduces the risks of bias, both conscious and unconscious, in hiring, promotion and other work-related decisions.

Finally, a people strategy mitigates risks because it builds morale and reduces turnover. In turn, organizations are less likely to experience skills shortages, so they can continue responding to shifts in the market and changing business needs. They are also more likely to have an employer brand that’s competitive in the marketplace because they can demonstrate a clear commitment to developing their people and creating a positive workplace culture.

How can people strategy consulting firms help organizations?

People strategy consulting firms strengthen organizational performance in several ways. Here are several examples of ways that people strategy consulting firms can lead transformation in an organization:

  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive people strategy that aligns with business goals and objectives
  • Offering guidance on talent acquisition, employee retention, performance management, leadership development and succession planning
  • Conducting workforce assessments that identify gaps in employee skills, knowledge and experience so organizations can create more targeted training and development programs
  • Ensuring that employees have the skills and knowledge needed to support the organization’s strategy and vision
  • Delivering insights and best practices based on industry trends, emerging technologies and best practices in talent management and development
  • Managing change relating to workforce issues, such as mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and downsizing
  • Implementing effective communication and employee engagement strategies to boost employee morale
  • Building employee training and coaching programs that develop workforce skills and knowledge