Why I Aspire to Become an Organisation Development Professional

Next week I am starting a placement with Staffordshire County Council working in the OD department, making this a good time to start my blog. It’s a big change for someone who studied accounting at university, but it has been a few years in the making and I’m a firm believer in following your passions.

“Success in business is all about people, people, people. Whatever industry a company is in, its employees are its biggest competitive advantage” – Richard Branson

Work is a personal endeavour and although people’s motivations differ, this is something organisations must recognise and utilise. Engaging, motivating and retaining talent is more important than ever, because change is the only constant in the modern world – disruptive technologies and new ways of working can turn industries on their heads. The HR profession is evolving; moving away from a support and administrative function, towards the key to organisational strategy by ensuring its people are aligned with its business objectives.

Many organisations are renaming their HR roles to reflect this – including ‘People’, ‘Talent’ and ‘Experience’ in their titles or even renaming the function altogether e.g. Google’s ‘People Operations’. In it’s new role, HR is about creating workplaces where employees want to engage, feeling a sense of ownership and pride. It’s about creating an employee experience.

I’ve always been interested in why people do what they do, what happens inside organisations and how to improve performance. People are at the heart of everything a company does, through leveraging culture and organisation design it’s possible to improve performance and build competitive advantage. Even the best business strategy can fail without successfully executing people strategy and I aspire to be at the forefront of crafting an employee experience that enables the entire organisation to thrive.

My name is Andrew Shortland. I blog my thoughts on the future of work, corporate culture, employee engagement, and more. I’d love to connect and hear your views.


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