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

• http://learnet.gc.ca/eng/index.htm

Treasury Board Human Resource Connexions Web Site (Home Page)

• http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/hr_connexions_rh/HRXmenu_e.html

• http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/hr_connexions_rh/OtherHR_e.html

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

• http://www.shrm.org/

• http://www.shrm.org/sitemap/

• http://www.shrm.org/hrlinks/comp.htm

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

• http://www.opm.gov/

• http://www.opm.gov/html/topics.htm

Overview of the GCGF Initiative at the World Bank

• http://www.worldbank.org/html/fpd/privatesector/cg/introduction.htm

• http://www.worldbank.org/html/fpd/privatesector/cg/index.htm

Links worldwide for “Corporate Governance” Web sites

• http://www.worldbank.org/html/fpd/privatesector/cg/links.htm

For a variety of useful Web-based documents, try these sites:

Human Capital – A Self-Assessment Checklist for Agency Leaders

• http://www.gao.gov/special.pubs/gg99179.pdf

90 Resources in 90 Minutes

• http://www.npr.gov/library/misc/90minutes/index.html

Getting Results Through Learning

• http://www.opm.gov/hrd/lead/handbook2/toc.htm

Web Resources for Administration and Human Resources

• http://www.npr.gov/library/misc/90minutes/webpgs.html#admin_human

Transforming the Civil Service: Building the Workforce of the Future

• http://www.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=gao&docid=f:gg96035.txt.pdf

Skills for a New Century: A Blueprint for Lifelong Learning

• http://www.npr.gov/library/misc/bluprint.html

Corporate Governance: a Framework for Implementation

• http://www.worldbank.org/html/fpd/privatesector/cg/docs/Overview.pdf

Best Practice Documents

• http://www.worldbank.org/html/fpd/privatesector/cg/codes.htm

Dan Swanson is a management consultant with LGS Group in Winnipeg. He specializes in audit and management consulting and can be reached at dswanson@lgs.ca

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