The continual improvement of all management practices is fundamental for an organization to be competitive in the global economy. And with the special importance on human resources, HR management practices are near the top of the list when it comes to staying ahead of the pack. For example, knowledge workers need to be motivated; managers need to be leaders; training needs to be just-in-time; and the list goes on.
Various “best practice” on-line documents and Web sites provide a variety of tools and techniques to consider, making your job easier and increasing the impact of your efforts.
For a Web site that encourages personal responsibility for your own professional development and emphasizes fast action in all your efforts, check out FastCompany.com at http://www.fastcompany.com/homepage/.
The U.S. General Accounting Office has developed a valuable report on Human Resource Management entitled Human Capital: Key Principles from Nine Private Sector Organizations. The document describes the key HR principles practised at nine world-class organizations. It can be downloaded from http://www.gao.gov/new.items/gg00028.pdf.
The following is a list of Web sites for strengthening Human Resource management practices:
The Learning Resource Network – Single Window on Learning for Federal Public Service
Treasury Board Human Resource Connexions Web Site (Home Page)
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Overview of the GCGF Initiative at the World Bank
Links worldwide for “Corporate Governance” Web sites
For a variety of useful Web-based documents, try these sites:
Human Capital – A Self-Assessment Checklist for Agency Leaders
90 Resources in 90 Minutes
Getting Results Through Learning
Web Resources for Administration and Human Resources
Transforming the Civil Service: Building the Workforce of the Future
Skills for a New Century: A Blueprint for Lifelong Learning
Corporate Governance: a Framework for Implementation
Best Practice Documents
Dan Swanson is a management consultant with LGS Group in Winnipeg. He specializes in audit and management consulting and can be reached at email@example.com
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