Like any other department in business, the human resources department is an area where strategy has become a focus. Of course, like almost any other department, HR also witnesses shifts in strategy.
Some ideas gain so much traction, they become something of a trend in HR. Some managers will sometimes resist trends, seeing them as nothing more than fads. They believe these ideas aren’t truly solid business plans, and they wait for them to eventually fade away.
Some trends aren’t fads, but are actually here to stay, like these five trends. Your manager can’t help but support some of these HR strategies because they’re smart moves for your business.
1. Moving HR into the Digital Age
Perhaps the most noticeable trend in HR strategies right now is the shift to digital. While many other departments have likely embraced digital technologies, including automation, HR is often the last department anyone thinks of when it comes to tech.
This is usually because HR deals with the human aspects of your business, so it’s not always clear how technology will help. Technology like a human resource information system (HRIS) can be incredibly helpful for your HR department.
Switching to a digital strategy in HR has many advantages for business. Automation can help you improve efficiency and complete tasks sooner. Your HR staff can get back to the core tasks they need to focus on, and you can reduce costs as well. Your manager should be on board.
2. Employees as “Family”
Many HR managers and business owners have been realizing there’s something to be said for treating your employees more like members of a family.
The driving idea here is the employer should be taking care of their employees and helping them live the best lives. Your employees are people with lives and needs. Some of them have elderly relatives to look after, while others have young children. As their employer, you can make their lives easier or harder.
Better benefits and flexible working schedules, among other tactics, are the order of the day here. By providing these benefits, you can help your employees live happier, healthier, fuller lives, both at the office and outside of it.
3. Continuous Performance Management
More retiring Baby Boomers and more Millennials and Gen Zers entering the workforce have meant a shift in attitudes in the workforce. You may have noticed it within your own office. Many employers have been wondering how to properly accommodate the employees in this shift.
One solution has been a shift towards continuous performance management, which means offering employees feedback almost constantly. This replaces the old view of performance reviews, which occurred once or twice a year.
4. A Focus on Learning
In addition to continuous performance management, some HR managers have turned their attention to learning and employee development. The new school of thought suggests learning should be ongoing throughout an employee’s entire career with you.
New learning strategies and training programs are being developed as a result.
5. Offboarding Is the New Onboarding
For the past few years, much of the talk in HR circles has been on onboarding and how managers can improve the process. Now the focus is shifting to offboarding, the process at the end of an employee’s time with you. Good offboarding offers many advantages for companies, including a better employer brand and reduced turnover.
If you’ve been wondering what strategic move you might make in the HR department next, try one of these shifts. Your manager will almost surely be on board with any of them you select.