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Optimize HR Costs

Proactively embedding cost optimization as a business discipline for HR is a strategic practice.

While organizations adapt to fluctuating economic conditions, HR must ensure that spending remains fully aligned with organizational strategy and expected business value. However, challenging workloads in HR can leave little room for practitioners to develop the key financial skills required to optimize costs effectively and strategically.

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Critical Insight

A starting point for cost optimization is adjusting your frame of mind. Know that it’s not just about making difficult cuts – in reality, it’s a creative pursuit that’s about thriving in all circumstances, not just surviving.

Impact and Result

Commit to proactive cost optimization as a strategic HR practice, showcasing the HR organization’s contribution to the organization. Integrate readiness for unforeseen challenges into strategies, ensuring proactive financial management before reactive, aggressive measures are needed.

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1. Prepare and evaluate

Evaluate factors that impact the organization’s financial outcomes, establish HR cost optimization goals, and select metrics to monitor progress toward goals.

2. Uncover and prioritize cost optimization initiatives

Determine negotiable and nonnegotiable constraints, brainstorm and shortlist cost optimization initiatives, shortlist cost optimization initiatives, identify the criteria that will impact the implementation of shortlisted initiatives, and create a cost-optimization roadmap.

3. Communicate and Iterate

Plan both strategic and tactical communications, build an executive presentation, align communication to promote strategic change management, and plan to monitor progress and outcomes of the cost-optimization initiatives.

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About McLean & Company

McLean & Company is an HR research and advisory firm providing practical solutions to human resources challenges via executable research, tools, diagnostics, and advisory services that have a clear and measurable impact on your business.

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Guided Implementation 1: Prepare and evaluate
  • Call 1: Understand the factors that impact the organization’s financial outcome, and set optimization goals and metrics accordingly.

Guided Implementation 2: Uncover and prioritize cost optimization initiatives
  • Call 1: Determine negotiable and non-negotiable constraints and brainstorm cost optimization initiatives.
  • Call 2: Shortlist initiative and identify the criteria that will impact the implementation, including creating a cost-optimization roadmap.

Guided Implementation 3: Communicate and iterate
  • Call 1: Plan communications and build an executive presentation.
  • Call 2: Align communication to promote strategic change management and monitor outcomes.