New tool for achieving sustainable organisation performance through HR in SMEs goes live


Practical tips for growing small and medium sized businesses will also feature at CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition, 6-8 November 2012 at Manchester Central. A tool for those with responsibilities for people management within SMEs has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In recognition of the crucial role good people management has to play in driving long-term performance in SMEs, the tool will help users put people management and HR strategies into practice within their organisation.

Based on the findings of recent CIPD SME-focused research, Sustainable organisation performance through HR in SMEs, the practical tool provides support for individuals and organisations who want to get the most from their people and support their businesses through times of transition and development. The tool includes an ‘organisation stock take’, practical exercises, action planning facilities and a number of real-life case study examples.

Maintaining employee engagement through SME growth is also one of the key topics being discussed at the CIPD’s Annual Conference and Exhibition, this year, where two of the HR professionals highlighted in the SME tool will be speaking. Hazel Stimpson, HR Manager at Harrod UK, an organisation that has successfully transitioned through various stages of growth in recent years, will share her experiences, alongside Lesley Cotton, HR Director at P&O Ferries, who has a history of establishing good people management practices within growing SMEs. The session will provide practical information on how to maintain employee engagement, tips on how to deal with some of the challenges along the growth journey and an overview of how drivers of engagement continue to change as an organisation expands.

Dr Jill Miller, Research Adviser at CIPD and author of the research and tool, will be chairing the SME-focused session at the CIPD Annual Conference. She comments: “SMEs are vital for future economic growth and jobs, accounting for 99.9 per cent of all enterprises in the UK. CIPD research has found that excellent people management helps to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit that is crucial to SME success. However, as an organisation grows, certain challenges arise, particularly when it comes to balancing the need for formal systems and processes with the desire to preserve an innovative culture. With larger teams, maintaining people’s strong engagement with the organisation’s purpose and vision becomes more challenging as the distance between the founder of the organisation and employees increases.”

Other conference sessions that may be of particular interest to those working within SMEs includes:

HR Shared Services – creating a high-performance organisation through culture change: Gary Booth, Director of People Services at The Co-operative Group will deliver a Masterclass covering issues including enhancing the HR function.
Creating a Happy Workforce that can Deliver More with Fewer Resources: A Masterclass which will outline the four critical things businesses need to do to create a more engaged, productive and even healthier workforce.
Making an Impact through your People – Future Focused L&D: Stuart Crabb, Head of Learning and Development at Facebook will be leading a Masterclass on encouraging collaboration, knowledge-sharing and internal networking to develop your people.
Leading suppliers of HR services and products will be showcasing latest developments at the free CIPD Exhibition, running alongside the conference at Manchester Central. As well as stand activities, the exhibition includes a free programme of bite-sized presentations that may be useful to those working for SMEs. Notable sessions include ‘How to become professionally qualified and why’ and ‘Networking – the number one skills for personal and business success’.
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