Gannett Bloggers have long noted that the old personnel department, which served as something of an employee advocate, has since morphed into the multi-headed Hydra known today as, yes, human resources.
"HR used to be something of a buffer between the management and the rank-and-filer,'' Anonymous@8:44 a.m. wrote yesterday. "It's now basically management's process server."
Roxanne Horning (left), and addressed, fittingly, to "operating unit heads and HR community."
It reveals a broad reorganization of Gannett's domestic HR departments, one uniting them under a single umbrella, rather than divided among newspaper, TV and other divisions. A reader provided a copy last night after I wrote about it briefly earlier in the day. (Read the entire four-page document.)
Here's the top of the memo, in all its inglorious corporate-speak:
I am pleased to announce the formation of a new leadership team for the Human Resources function at Gannett. These appointments are the first step in a company-wide reorganization of the Human Resources function that will be completed over the next several months. This reorganization is the product of the BOLD HR workout process begun in 2009 in support of the company's strategic plan. The BOLD sponsors to whom the workout team reported are Gracia Martore, Bob Dickey, Dave Hunke and Dave Lougee. The purpose of the reorganization is to realign the company-wide HR function into a unified one across all divisions to support Gannett’s strategic plan, serve as a business partner and consultant to our senior leaders and managers in such critical areas as organizational effectiveness, talent management, recruiting and employee development and retention. Our goal is to combine and leverage our best HR talent and resources that in the past have been limited by a divisional and/or regional structure and to build on all of the HR best practices that have come out of our divisions and operating units. The reorganization will also enable us to deliver enhanced services to our employees in an effective and efficient manner, supported by new employee and manager technology platforms.
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