4 HR Trends You Need to Know About
Is your company’s HR department a dynamic asset?
Or has it remained an unchanged feature for years – maybe longer?
If you answered the latter, it’s vital that you know about the HR trends that are quickly being adopted by companies throughout the country.
The following four HR trends are already having an effect the world over for many businesses, so if you’d like to see more from your company’s department, implement them right away.
1. A Focus to Employee Needs
Most people who work in HR would probably agree that Human Resource Champions by Dave Ulrich has probably had the greatest impact on the profession in decades.
Unfortunately, one of Ulrich’s more promising ideas – that of becoming a Strategic Business Partner with the top of management – has been the only one many in HR seem to remember. The result is an often antagonistic relationship between employees and HR. Many may even be surprised to learn that it wasn’t always this way.
The good news is that this is beginning to change. HR departments are beginning to adopt Ulrich’s Employee Intimacy model, which should work to the benefit of both parties.
2. Employees Will Continue to Play a Bigger Role
Similarly, employees outside of the HR department have been playing ever greater roles in support of human resources for years now.
Back in 2015, Jeanne Meister predicted as much, using the term, “Consumerization of HR.” According to Meister, “Consumerization of HR refers to creating a social, mobile, and consumer-style experience for employees inside the company.”
In order to follow through on the shift mentioned above, HR departments are leveraging methods and technology (more on that in a moment) to make their procedures as transparent and approachable as possible.
3. HR Tech Is Becoming Essential
Although this certainly doesn’t apply to every organization, many companies have been slow to adopt tech for their HR departments.
That’s finally beginning to change, though. The adoption of HR tech is on the rise and shows no signs of slowing down.
Of course, one big reason for this is that Millennials demand better HR tech. As this generation continues to take over the workforce, any company that chooses to ignore the technology needs of their HR department will be ignored by qualified Millennial candidates.
4. The Rise of Big Data
Finally, while improved tech will allow HR departments to improve all kinds of processes, the most important advantage it will offer is Big Data.
HR tech that allows departments to track, manage, and monitor important employee analytics will allow human resources to address many problems – from hiring to employee morale – before they become, well, problems.
Taking Advantage of These HR Trends
The great thing about these HR trends is that there is still plenty of time to take advantage of them.
While they may represent big changes from how your company has traditionally operated, the key is looking at them as major opportunities. Treat your organization’s HR department as the asset it is – and you’ll soon be able to leverage it to attract, hire, and retain valuable employees.