An HRO Provider on the “100 Best Companies to Work For” List… Now That’s Walking the Talk
I was very pleased to see an HRO provider, Accenture, named on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the third year in a row. Last week I wrote about customer service being important to customer retention, so I thought this was an appropriate blog to write about this week, particularly when you are a true believer in the adage that employee satisfaction = customer satisfaction = increased profitability.
Accenture was cited for initiatives including its “Future Leave” program, which is a three-month, self-funded, sabbatical with continued benefits and assurance to be able to return to work when the leave is over. Accenture also has a number of other programs for employees including:
- Learning and development: A global online learning portal with 20,000 courses available. All Accenture employees are assigned a career counselor to help them manage their careers
- Flexible work arrangements: Options of how and where employees perform their work to help achieve a better work-life balance
Another HRO provider walking the talk is Kenexa. Its CEO, Rudy Karsan, recently co-authored a book titled “We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement.” The book highlights three common factors that drive engagement that I completely agree with:
- “Growth: We need to feel that we are advancing in our careers or are learning new things.
- Recognition: We need to feel appreciated and believe that our ideas count.
- Trust: We need to trust our senior leaders and feel confident about the future.”
More HRO providers are offering talent management services and can help clients improve employee engagement. For example, Kenexa was recently awarded a contract by Unilever to survey 140,000 employees globally in 2010 and again in 2012 to assess employee engagement. Kenexa will also help Unilever with action planning for any issues identified to improve employee engagement.
Manpower is another example of an HRO provider, helping companies in Asia to develop effective workforce strategies to improve their competitiveness.
As I’ve written before, as the economy improves and more jobs become available, it will be even harder to retain talent. HRO providers can help and where needed, implement new employee programs or strengthen existing ones that are not achieving the desired results. In assessing which HRO vendor to work with on tools and services designed to increase employee retention and engagement consider the vendor’s own human capital management practices. Who better to work with than an HRO partner that walks their own talk!
Gary Bragar, Lead HRO Analyst, NelsonHall
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