Now that we know that HR Transformation is on the BBC's list of top ten 'critical projects', it's good to know it's being run by "an articulate, commercially-focused interim executive that makes the right things happen and fast".
Tracy Hough, a runner in her leisure time, joined Auntie eighteen months ago as Programme Director, after a career of change, full and interim HR roles at companies like Balfour Beatty, TalkTalk, Northern Rock, the London Stock Exchange, Harper Collins, Warner Music, L'Oreal and a raft of BP divisions. One muses if she's paid through her company, and how that all squares with BBC best practice.
But 'fast' ? When the BBC outsourced a massive range of routine HR services to Capita in 2006, Capita were up and running within six weeks of contract award. OK, it was bumpy, but the ten-year contract allegedly saved £50m over ten years.
Now, some would say rather oddly, the routine stuff is coming home (largely to Birmingham) and much of trickier HR stuff - advice to managers on ending contracts, employment tribunals etc - is being outsourced. No doubt there's a full and detailed benefits analysis ready to hand to the NAO, plus a timetable. Which is presumably longer than six weeks.
It could all be so much easier. Why not send a few key managers to former HR boss Lucy Adams' latest seminar, which explains how to do without all that personnel b*ll*cks. At just £695+VAT for a day's immersion, it still could save Auntie a fortune...