It has been about seven decades since the path-breaking studies at the Western Electric Plant in Hawthorne found that there is much more to the human enterprise than ‘one best way’ of accomplishing a task and that Supervisors & other factors affected the performance of employees significantly. While Organizations have progressed much since then in understanding and tapping human potential at work, HR professionals are still out looking for the Holy Grail for creating & sustaining outstanding performance in business organizations.
Based on my limited experience, I feel there are certain factors that the HR function can ensure in the organizational framework that will help create the space that enables outstanding human endeavor to happen. This article aims to capture that understanding in a thought-provoking way.
This HR foundation can be grouped into seven elements having the increasing order of dependence. (Increasing order of dependence means that we can’t have the first element unless the second element is present, and we can’t expect the second element to exist unless the third element already exists, and so on.)