The “great resignation” may have subsided, but it still carries a long-term impact. As businesses continue to evaluate what their workforce needs in an employee-centric tomorrow, the need for strategic human resource management grows.
Technology is the intersection of an enhanced employee experience and proactive HR. But it’s up to organizations to wield it in a way that readies them for what lies ahead.
Luckily, the future doesn’t have to be a guessing game. Consider these four HR areas of focus to navigate an ever-changing workplace with confidence.
Employee Benefits and Well-Being
Ensuring employees are engaged, developing and thriving requires more than basic health care coverage. Competitive organizations continue to push the envelope of benefits and work toward a more holistic approach.
There are plenty of options to enhance a workforce’s well-being, like on-site counselors and employee assistance programs. But none of these possibilities should be supported by assumptions. Instead, consider an employee engagement survey and use technology to conduct it efficiently and securely.
Degrees don’t always reflect aptitude. While academic qualifications are still valuable, many recruiters are taking a look at less apparent skills. Every business has a unique mission, and accomplishing it isn’t always possible with more traditional skill sets. As the talent pool shifts, new candidates rise to challenge the status quo. Identify their strengths and create an environment engaging enough to secure them.
Upskilling and Reskilling
Recruitment shouldn’t overshadow the power of a strong training and development strategy. More employees are seeking versatility in their roles. This could involve cross-department skill sharing or open discussions about creative approaches to work. Upskilling not only engages employees, but it also gives their organizations the means to prepare for their future.
Finding leaders to help tackle upcoming and unknown issues is key. But even if an employee isn’t bound for management, giving them the tools to better understand their role and thrive helps future-proof operations.
Automation Supports Employee Engagement
Even the greatest benefits and development opportunities fall short if employees are saddled with outdated processes and tools. Investing in self-service technology helps your people access their HR data and training anytime, anywhere. Plus, automation relieves HR pros of unnecessary tasks, letting them instead focus on the “human” side of their work.