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098 | HR insider insights: how to create a powerful People Strategy for an SME, with Kelly Vincent
Episode 9818th August 2023 • HR Coffee Time • Fay Wallis
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If you’re wrestling with the challenge of crafting an effective People Strategy, this episode of HR Coffee Time is here to help. Kelly Vincent, Head of People & Culture at a thriving edtech company, shares her insights into building a powerful People Strategy from the ground up.

Kelly’s key insights, tips and learnings from the experience of creating a powerful People Strategy for an SME include:

  • Get buy-in from the CEO and senior leadership team.
  • Spend time getting to understand the business and the people within it.
  • Align the People Strategy with the business strategy.
  • Review what is already in place.
  • Get all your ideas out of your head and onto paper, so you can focus.
  • Prioritise because you’ll have more ideas than you can implement in one year.
  • Identify what the outputs will be from your strategy.
  • Assess how long it will take you to achieve the goals you’ve set in the People Strategy.
  • Identify whether your plans need to involve other departments and find out if they have time to support you.
  • Your strategy will be shaped by how much time your ideas will take to implement and the resources that you’ll need.
  • Keep a record of you ‘spilled over ideas’ that didn’t make it into this year’s strategy, so you can consider them again in the future.
  • Chose KPIs and measures that are suitable for your strategy.
  • Carve out dedicated time to work on your strategy – giving yourself regular time slots, instead of trying to write the whole thing in one day can be helpful.
  • Kelly chose to have 3 pillars in her People Strategy because this aligned with the overall business strategy that also used 3 pillars.

 

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