Emerging evidence: business performance and the validation of HR best practices

Posted by Quinten van Es on Thu, Oct 20, 2016

horses.jpgBy the time the second industrial revolution ended in 1914, we as a society had begun to harness the power of machines to drive productivity. Steel had replaced iron, automobiles and trains had replaced horses, and the telephone and radio had changed the way we communicate. Now, more than 60 years into the digital revolution, the engine that drives our society and our businesses is not coal-fired, nor is it plugged into the electric grid; it is increasingly the human brain. Optimizing the effectiveness of today’s human assets is a top concern for business leaders, but many organizations are unsure how to select or deploy talent practices that will drive business performance. 

Our complete whitepaper shares the latest emerging research on how human resources certification, at both the individual and organizational levels, is positively correlated with stronger results for several important measures of business performance. New data analysis shows that companies with a certification from the Top Employers Institute are significantly outperforming industry averages on key metrics and individuals with HR Certification Institute (HRCI) certification demonstrate not only mastery of the competencies tied to best practices, but also the sound judgment and strategic mindset required to adapt best practices to their unique organizational challenges. Companies with five or more HRCI certificants on staff outperform other companies on key business metrics.


High-performing companies around the world seek out and adopt best practices across disciplines to positively impact bottom line business metrics; it’s not a surprise that the discipline of human resources is a beneficiary. However, while companies have long recognized the importance of HR, executives in all functional areas struggle to find the right data points to illustrate the impact of HR on the performance of the business.

Studies have also shown that best practices can fail (and in fact can stifle innovation) if they’re not appropriately adapted to a company’s unique needs. This paper will show how companies can avoid this potential pitfall when implementing human resources best practices, by leveraging the powerful validation of both organizational and individual certification.

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Best practices in general have the most impact on business performance when they are embraced companywide, starting at the top, and adopted smartly and sensitively by expert individuals.  Top Employers Institute provides certification that ensures leadership in HR best practice implementation. HRCI provides certification that helps companies identify individuals who have both the knowledge and critical judgment skills to apply the best practices. On their own, certifications are correlated with better business performance – companies with Top Employers certification, and companies that have more than five HRCI certificants, show better results than companies that don’t.