An HR Business Partner at HR Revolution is in charge of the HR team developing and delivering, commercially viable HR solutions for our clients as well as generalist HR support, business consultations, planning and strategy. An HRBP ensures we add value to our client’s business!
Read this week’s blog by our HR Business Partner (HRBP) Hannah, who discusses why she chose a career in HR and the best part of her role!
What does a typical day at HR Revolution look like for you?
No day is ever the same which is one of the reasons I do love my job as a HRBP, overseeing a client base of over 40 businesses means the variety keeps things interesting! In my role day to day, I focus on the delivery of HR projects and advice for our clients to support with their people strategy, from managing casework, supporting with workforce planning and management to reviewing and implementing a particular HR initiative.
What makes HR Revolution different?
Being an HRBP as part of a consultancy, I work with not only multiple stakeholders within a business as you would normally in an HR role, but also across many different businesses. I think this is what differs and makes the role of HRBP at HRREV different. We can work with different industries, from tech start-ups to financial service, legal, manufacturing, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, and marketing agencies; different sizes of business, different cultures, values and approaches to people management – so a huge variety!
As a business, our ethos is to focus on positive people management, which I believe sets us aside from other consultancies. We are very hands on, we work closely with our clients to ensure they have the structure in place and the tools to avoid HR issues in the first place, but when occur, supporting the business in managing the situation correctly in line with legislation and best practice.
What is the best part of your role?
The best part of my role is the variety, although it is challenging it keeps my days interesting! Particularly advising and supporting such a diverse range of clients with different approaches and opinions across a huge variety of situations, my knowledge and experience is constantly being tested and revised as it needs to be applied differently each time. In summary, constant learning and personal development!
Why did you choose a career in HR?
HR as a function is there to support and grow a business’s greatest and most valuable asset – it’s people! It’s great to be part of such an integral function, it’s an exciting and rewarding role.
I also love that HR as a field is constantly growing and evolving. From compliance with new laws and legislation, to new technology and changing employee expectations, it is part of the HR function to ensure the business keeps up.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to start their career in HR?
You do need to have passion for people! HR is a people focused role and to have a passion for making workplaces a better place for employees so to encourage that positive cycle of growth and development of a business is essential. It can be tough, HR do need to deal with some pretty difficult situations, so the ability to stay objective and (as hard as it is) not to take things personally, whilst still a having an empathetic but positive approach to communication.
Do you have any tips or advice to share that you have learnt as a HRBP?
Relationship management with key stakeholders is essential for an HR professional to build trust and credibility. As a consultancy we need to build strong relationships and trust with our clients incredibly quickly, so the need to be able to talk confidently about all aspects of their business to allow us to support with their people strategy is extremely important. It’s also crucial to be commercially aware, understand the wider business strategy and the goals and challenges of our clients to support in aligning its people to the vision of the business.
As a Business Partner I am constantly dealing with multiple stakeholders, with different opinions, demands and activities, often all at the same time. It’s a case of keeping a lot of plates spinning at once so being organised, able to prioritise (and constantly reprioritise) is vital!
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