As people change, organisations need to evolve as well. The challenges for those undertaking human resources training include being able to acknowledge these trends and how the organisations they work for can support their most valuable asset: people.
How will new HR trends merge with long term challenges?
The current business landscape is home to a number of challenges that are affecting the way people interact in the workplace. From the growing influence of technology to a substantial change in workforce demographics, it's important for HR and management professionals to be aware of how new trends integrate with long-term challenges such as employee engagement and leadership development.
Ongoing training and professional development will need to be an important focus for HR professionals looking to keep on top of these trends as they evolve and shape the way organisations function.
1. Continual and evolving drivers of change
In its review of the trends challenging modern organisations, Deloitte University Press defined what it calls "the new organisation", one that is rapidly shifting away from traditional methods of management, structure and demographic make up. The organisation noted there are four main drivers of change for members of the modern organisation to deal with.
While it may sound like these are likely to be the sole domain of senior leaderships teams, the fact they are all likely to have an impact on individuals means they are essential for HR managers to keep on top of as well. These four drivers are listed as:
- Demographic upheaval – More than three quarters (77 per cent) of organisations surveyed are restructuring to accommodate changing generations.
- Digital everything – Organisations are being forced to adopt new technology at an individual and personal level for the sake off efficiency and productivity.
- Speed in the exponential economy – Disruptive businesses are forcing organisations to react quicker than ever before.
- A new social contract between companies and workers – Long-term careers are a thing of the past, forcing organisation to accept shorter tenures and more contract work.
It's a list that at first seems overwhelming, especially as they're all equally vital in the ongoing success of organisations. In particular, the changing attitudes of younger generations toward long-term careers are likely to have a noticeable impact on the way HR managers engage with employees.
2. The need to curate diversity
Organisations across the globe are acknowledging the push for diversity, with some major companies such as Facebook, Apple and Google publishing annual diversity reports to acknowledge their efforts and ensure there is a continual dialogue surrounding the issue.
This is most notably the case for senior leaderships teams and businesses in the IT industry, where men often outnumber women. The good news is that organisations are aware of the issue, with talent advisor Mercer finding that 82 per cent of survey respondents are focussing on diversity initiatives in their senior leadership teams.
Mercer also notes that the solution is not necessarily to simply pursue diversity in the external hiring process either. Instead, HR professionals and people completing management training need to be aware of how internal talent pipelines can foster a diverse workforce and offer plenty of opportunities for people to develop.
3. The challenge of going digital
HR is a people-centric industry, and as such, it's difficult to consider digital disruption as a force that will change much about the way they operate. However, along with the Deloitte University Press study mentioned earlier, software provider Accenture also believes that digital disruption will have a noticeable effect on the way HR professionals go about their roles.
The firm notes that a greater access to data will give employers more information on which to base decisions, ideally allowing them to blur traditional HR process with opportunities afforded by new technology.
Like most departments within modern businesses, HR is rapidly evolving, and it's up to the professionals within the industry to develop along with it. In this respect, training courses can go along way to preparing people for what the future may offer.
Published by: LMIT