At Istekki HR has an active role in developing leadership and enabling strategy execution. To help them do so they have deployed LATO too that HR has been rolling out to the company.

HR: Admin or genuine Business Partner?

‘During last Autumn, when we were increasing our capabilities in leadership we came up with the need to start using a Leadership ERP’, says Kalle Kautovaara, Istekki HR Director. With rapid growth Istekki needed a system that would allow faster reaction times and increased transparency across organization. ‘The need was in all parts of the company, and this is from the HR perspective a key part of developing capabilities’, Kalle continues.

Division of labour in rolling out LATO was clear: HR as one of the key strategic drivers, and as the main user of the system had responsibility of day-to-day training and induction. ‘HR owned the process from Day 1, and business units were responsible of the content’. The challenge in many companies is that business units has a limited amount of resources, and HR can have a natural role as the owner of this. ‘For us it was very natural that HR resourced and invested into this’.

Feedback from the organisation

’Finally’ and ’we really needed this’ were examples of feedback that the people said after launching the LATO service. ‘Already now the use of LATO has introduced positive pressure to improve way of working, and management team meetings have become much more focused’, says Kalle. ‘It would be nice to know when I have succeeded’, is perhaps the most important question that LATO tool can provide answers.

Going forward use of LATO will continue to deepen

After successfully launching LATO Istekki has plans to extend the use for other organisational needs. This coming Autumn personal goals discussions with personnel will be done with LATO. ‘This is a natural way to go – why would we use any other tool to do them and later transfer them into LATO?, concludes Kalle.

Istekki is a fast growing information, health and wellness technology expert organization of over 400 people, with activities around Finland.