MAY 2014.

WHAT WOULD HR POLICIES LOOK LIKE IF THEY WERE BASED ON GIVING?

By Lynda Gratton

Earlier this year, at one of our masterclasses for the Future of Work Research Consortium, I raised the following question: what would HR policies and processes be like if companies based them on the assumption that their employees are programmed to be helpful to others? Here are four key changes I thought we’d see:

  • It would revolutionise the selection process - The first change most companies would make would be to redesign their selection process to identify and favour more cooperative individuals.
  • Performance management would have a positive focus – People wouldn’t be ranked against each other – instead, managers would focus on building each individual’s strengths as fully as possible.
  • Work would become more meaningful - In an environment where we assume everyone will be generous with their skills and time, it would be easier to design meaningful jobs.
  • There would be increased opportunities to give something back - In an organisation based on a culture of giving, the working day would be structured to allow ample time to give to the community around them as well as the organisation.

This article is based on one of Lynda Gratton’s most shared blog posts – you can read the full article on Lynda’s blog.

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