Are you ready for the trends shaping the future of HR?
By Perminus Wainaina
The other day, Robert, a connection on LinkedIn, asked me what I think HR professionals can do to stay relevant amidst the changes going on in the industry. Being in the HR profession himself, he wondered if HR professionals are prepared for the HR evolution being experienced. If yes, how can he and others adapt to uphold their value in organizations?
You see, on top of coronavirus, which has affected most industries, HR’s value in organizations is in limbo given budget cuts and then the evolution of technology which has affected how HR professionals operate.
Here are some of the trends in HR that now require HR professionals to reimagine their strategies to remain relevant;
Impact of IT on HR
Perhaps you would have never imagined that your team would be working from home or that you would have to monitor their performance, conduct and their overall concerns from the comfort of your home.
We are currently experiencing migration to digital HR, a disruption brought about by technology and to which HR practitioners could use it to minimize traditional HR management challenges. For instance, how we contact employees, store data and analyze employee performance has been changed by IT -for the better.
How are you using IT to make these tasks more efficient? Because the truth is, they are here to stay and, if poorly utilized, will be a hindrance to your job and the company’s most important capital- HR.
Companies are keen on compliance with regulations.
How do you ensure your company stays off the risk of violating employees’ rights? It is 2021, and you and I know that the average employee is aware of their rights -thanks to the 2007 employment act and the constitution.
Employees could be quick to sue the company hence damaging its reputation, which brings us to compliance. As the HR manager, you must ensure that your company is compliant with the set-out regulations on labour laws, workplace conduct, pay equality and so forth.
Go the extra mile and see that your organization is keeping up with this highly complex regulatory environment
Talent retention and improving the employee experience is now key.
Kenya’s overall economy has been hit hard, and the Kenyan parlance “uchumi ni mbaya” has become more common than ever. Recruitment takes energy, time, and resources, and the last thing you want to experience is high employee turnover.
So what’s the next move? -To help the company retain top talent.
So how do you execute this? You should ensure that aspects that add to excellent employee experience, including open-door policy, constant communication, rewards on merit, consultations and employee involvement in decision making, and so on. Improving employee experience has become a competitive advantage for many top-performing organizations. The truth is, a higher salary is not the only reason employees stick to an organization. If you are keen on offering more value as a HR, then check out our trainings on master HR skills, and how to become a HR business partner.
A younger workforce with different expectations is now prevalent.
What do Kenyan millennials and generation Z employees want?
Most HR managers grapple with this question and while the answer to this is not a “one-size-fits-all” kind of approach-truth is; concrete rewards will do on top of granting them freedom. You observe that millennials want their jobs to mean something. They are after their passion and will quickly move on if a job doesn’t satisfy them.
As the HR manager, ensure that tangible rewards such as attractive pays, promotions and praise, and other non-monetary benefits are there to keep your team motivated.
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