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Business Acumen for HR Professionals

Clarify what it means to have business acumen as an HR professional.

  • HR Professional
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making, Business & Financial Acumen, Organizational Awareness

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the organization’s purpose, how it operates, and the industry it operates in.
  • Apply understanding of key financial terms to read and interpret key financial documents.
  • Communicate in organization-specific language and understand industry-specific terms.
  • Align HR processes and projects to organizational objectives, proactively recommending HR solutions and making decisions with business outcomes in mind.
  • Present a business case for HR solutions using relevant organizational and financial metrics.

    The Learning Experience

    Training Download (PPT) 2 days

    Ready-to-use training deck, designed for effortless customization and virtual or in-person facilitation by a member of your team.

    Business Outcome Orientation

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    How to complete this course:

    Use these videos, along with the Project Blueprint deck above, to gain an understanding of the subject. Start with the Introduction, then move through each of the Course Modules. At the end of each Module, you will be required to complete a short test to demonstrate your understanding. You will complete this course when you have completed all of the course tests.

    • Number of Course Modules: 4
    • Estimated Completion Time: 1.5 hours

    Learning Outcome

    Create a business outcome orientation for HR as a function. Identify the significant impact HR can have on business outcomes when HR initiatives and resources are aligned with organizational goals and when HR has the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to effectively deliver on these HR initiatives.

    Learning Objectives

    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Identify the components of business acumen that enable business-outcome-focused decision making.
    • Describe how to identify business outcomes that are based on organizational goals.
    • Explain how to align and communicate HR initiatives.
    • Explain how to align an HR budget with organizational goals to ensure resource allocation supports business outcomes.

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