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Investing in People: Financial Impact of Human Resource Initiatives

by Wayne F. Cascio and John W. Boudreau

Investing in People introduces a breakthrough approach to Human Resources (HR) measurement that systematically aligns HR investments with organizational goals and helps make HR the true strategic partner it needs to be. The book shows how to choose, implement, and use metrics to improve decision-making, optimize organizational effectiveness, and maximize the value of HR investments.

You'll master crucial foundational principles such as risk, return and economies of scale and use them to evaluate investments objectively in everything from work/life programs to training. Cascio and Boudreau also introduce powerful ways to integrate HR with enterprise strategy and budgeting, and for gaining commitment from business leaders outside the HR function.

"The HR profession will be well-served by the tools and analytic frameworks for the use of measurement provided by Wayne Cascio and John Boudreau. The observations offered by the authors on how best to 'get started' in using measurements to inform and motivate strategic partners to think more clearly about the implications of decisions about talent will also serve the HR profession well....Wayne and John help to advance HR as a profession that is recognized as a decision science requiring special knowledge and expertise."

From the Foreword by Sue Meisinger, President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management

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