Microsoft has re-organised its HR department through the introduction of astrength-profiling system designed to get employees working on the tasks they dobest. The software firm introduced the system instead of a staff attitudes surveyto build up a detailed picture of employees’ skills and examine barrierspreventing them from fulfilling their potential. Director of people, profit and loyalty, Steve Harvey, told Personnel Todaythat as a result of the process Microsoft discovered that only 20 per cent ofstaff believe they are doing what they were best at every day, while in the HRdepartment the figure was only 8 per cent. In response, Harvey analysed the profiles from the HR team and implementedsimple changes such as bringing in newer PCs and altering staff duties to helpdrive up the proportion of HR staff who feel they are playing to theirstrengths. He said 48 per cent of the HR team now believe they are using their keystrengths and that morale had improved massively. Harvey is hoping to repeat the success achieved in the HR department throughthe rest of the company by identifying the barriers to staff using their keystrengths and re-deploying them where necessary. Staff initially meet with an HR strength-finder, then undergo a 45-minuteassessment based on emotive questions to identify their top five skills from apotential list of 35. “We have learned so much about the company since we started the projectin April last year. It’s about creating a common language around people to findout where their key strengths and talents lie,” said Harvey. “Itgives staff a framework to describe how they feel about their job.” By Ross Wigham Previous Article Next Article Microsoft key strengths push boosts efficiencyOn 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.