With the changing business environment, Human Resources too needs to adapt and align itself. Today, it is not enough for HR to just handle administrative tasks and recruitment. HR needs to be more lean and nimble to help organizations in growing at a fast pace. Some of the high impacts changes HR can undertake are given below.
Reducing Administrative effort
The Human Resource team members should have minimum involvement in collecting and managing administrative data. There are efficient Human Resource Management Systems that facilitate that. Freeing up the team members from such mundane tasks allows them to focus on analytical tasks, which are critical for helping the organization thrive.
Effective use of technology in Recruitment Process
Finding right candidates for the opening is critical to an organization’s success and at the same time a daunting challenge. Besides the technical skills, a candidate’s attitude and other soft skills play a significant role. Use of social media to analyze behavioral patterns will be a much more effective mechanism than trying to conduct tests of your own. Use of video based interviews can help free up time for both the candidate and the HR team members.
Create Employee Driven Environments
The HR team should help frame policies that invigorate the employees to drive the organization growth. This will free up critical HR team in enforcing and allow them to focus on analyzing the results of the policies and fine tune them to ensure that the environment motivates employees to drive growth. The other aspect is to provide employees with tools as well as rewards and recognition programs to channelize and fuel such activities.
Contribute towards Governance and Business Strategy
The HR can play a critical role in the company’s growth by contributing to the governance process and building business cases for the company’s strategic direction. This requires cultivating good relationship with the leadership as well as a good understanding of the business itself. Many organizations need support in areas of governance and HR can play a pivotal role here. Another outcome of this is that, due to involvement at this high level, it helps guide the downstream HR strategies and align them to the organization’s business strategies. This becomes more critical in the frequently changing business environment.
In today’s business environment, organizations need to be agile and ready to transform their business with changes in the environment. An HR team cannot afford to play the timeless, but rigid administrative role. It needs to come out of a data collection and tracking model into one where they are more involved in analytical functions with both leadership and employees. They play an essential role in analyzing with both leadership and employees and facilitating growth at all levels.