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Human Capital Management

Back to Work

Profit, like any business, must adapt human resources to meet current demands.

by Aaron Lazenby

February 2016

I have always thought of Profit as a microcosm of the business world we cover in the pages of the magazine. Every issue, we have financial decisions to make; production deadlines to keep; customer service standards to maintain; sales goals to meet.

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And, particularly germane to the current issue, we have human resources challenges to address.

The past six months have been distracting for me—to say the least. Throw two magazines, Oracle OpenWorld, and the holiday season into the mix of an already shattered life and you get an idea of why I needed some support during this period. Thankfully, I got what I needed (see my editor’s note from the November 2015 issue of Profit).

But reorganizing a team creates new challenges that require flexibility and adaptability. New staff must come onboard quickly. Existing roles need to change. Veteran staff needs to be retrained. Temporary help must be sourced.

To reflect the dynamic reality of the workplace and the strategies that help managers navigate it, for the third year in a row the February issue of Profit is focused on human resources and cloud computing.”

The Profit team had to face these challenges—challenges Oracle customers also have to face every day. To reflect the dynamic reality of the workplace and the strategies that help managers navigate it, for the third year in a row the February issue of Profit is focused on human resources and cloud computing.

Take a look at Casas Javer, one of Mexico’s largest residential home builders. A new generation of first-time buyers has created a boom in demand for new homes. Building that inventory requires nimble management teams (and, of course, technology) to make sure the right people are available to deliver the needed supply.

For Overhead Door, North America’s largest producer and distributor of garage doors, it was a matter of retraining shop floor staff to use kiosks to access pay information and to update benefits details.

As Christine Mellon, Oracle vice president of human capital management transformation and thought leadership, says in her column, “For any HR leader, knowing where and what your capabilities are is an urgent matter.” I am a believer. Thankfully, things are starting to settle down in my life—a development that, I’m sure, will bring new changes to the Profit team. But that’s life. And that’s business. So, let’s get back to work.

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