As one of the more unique U.S. businesses, and America’s Sport, the NFL unconventionally achieves prosperity from a hybrid blend of 32 teams that are competing yet collaborating on all fronts. These athletes know what it takes to win. The Super Bowl is the ultimate quest, but short term goals to win on a weekly basis and secure a spot in the playoffs pave the way toward the championship. Of course there are other key performance indicators on an individual level for all 1,696 players to strive for. Statistics, player awards, Pro-Bowl appearances; all of these targets dispel any confusion in debating a successful year, from disappointment. Players are privy to:
- Personal trainers providing exercise, diet, and recovery programs
- Coaches communicating strategy and game plan
- Teammates working together to build a unified front and conducting pregame rituals to mentally prepare
But what about the NFL Superstars behind the desks?
How do they compete, collaborate and communicate their successes?
Their “season” lasts the entire year with halftime taking place at the mid-season mark. Without a sound strategy between manager and employee, productivity is lost and the determination of success can easily become misconstrued, leading to a divided “locker room.”
If game film is the conduit for players to assess productivity on the field, SAP Cloud for HR is its equivalent for employees striving to win in the office.
In business today, the only thing certain is uncertainty. This means HR has to be ready with capable, up-to-date tools and data to meet whatever workforce challenges arise. And these solutions span the entire employee lifecycle – from “recruit” to “retire.” Other benefits include:
- Cloud-based – to utilize via web browser and access on the road during travel or “away games”
- Security – to protect your company’s game-plan from the competition
- Accountability – to simply visualize employee performance for robust half-time motivational speeches
- Two-way tracking – empowering employees to communicate their successful play-calls to the coach
The best teams are the ones that have the best talent, but without superior communication and coaching, the possibility to underperform is very real. NFL CIO, Michelle McKenna-Doyle states, “For a CIO, integration is everything.” And the assimilation of SAP Cloud for HR to connect things like compensation and human resources ensures that this coach is never without her clipboard.
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