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TOOL KIT New tools can show you which investments in employees are driving company performance now and which you should emphasize to advance your strategic goals.

Maximizing Your Return on People
by Laurie Bassi and Daniel McMurrer


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New tools can show you which investments in employees are driving company performance now and which you should emphasize to advance your strategic goals.

TOOL KIT

Maximizing Your Return on People
by Laurie Bassi and Daniel McMurrer

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Managers are fond of the maxim “Employees are our most important asset.” Yet beneath the rhetoric, too many executives still regard— and manage—employees as costs. That’s dangerous because, for many companies, people are the only source of long-term competitive advantage. Companies that fail to invest in employees jeopardize their own success and even survival. In part, this practice has lingered for lack of alternatives. Until recently, there simply weren’t robust methods for measuring the bottom-line contributions of investments in human capital management (HCM)—things like leadership development, job design, and knowledge sharing. That’s changed. Over the past decade, we have worked with colleagues worldwide to develop a system for assessing HCM, predicting organizational performance, and guiding organizations’ investments in people. Using the framework we describe here has the obvious and immediate practical benefit of improving organizational performance. More broadly, though, as the links between people

and performance come into focus, organizations will also begin to appreciate the longterm value of investments in human capital— and the folly of dwelling on narrow,...