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How HR Professionals Can Reshape the New Future

Carlos Acosta | 26.05.2021

We recently celebrated International Human Resources Day (IHRD) and this year’s theme: Shaping the New Future served to remind me of the crucial role that HR professionals have in the health and well-being of organizations everywhere.

We recently celebrated International Human Resources Day (IHRD) and this year’s theme: Shaping the New Future served to remind me of the crucial role that HR professionals have in the health and well-being of organizations everywhere. It’s well known that people are an organization’s greatest assets and seeing the accompanying buzz in social media was a reminder of the crucial job that HR performs in attracting and retaining the right people to ensure business and organizational objectives are achieved.

The Role of HR Professionals in Leading Change

Our society has come a long way in redefining how we think and reforming traditional methods to achieve change that’s smart and innovative. In the workplace, human resources play an essential role in leading that change to create a more flexible, inclusive, and modern work environment.

Additionally, with the changing career landscape brought about by the pandemic — as well as the increasing awareness and promotion of equality, diversity, and inclusion — the role of HR professionals in leading change has never been more important than today.

Four Ways HR Professionals Can Shape the New Future

1. Redefining working practices

As we continue to navigate the new normal, HR professionals must adapt to a more flexible workforce. This means redefining work practices such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Incorporating virtual recruitment and onboarding
  • Accommodating remote work arrangements and flexible working hours
  • Adjusting HR benefits to include more protection (health and life) for employees
  • Promoting a more inclusive culture

Among the things you might want to consider when redefining work practice, you might want to ask questions like: How can you make your employees feel safe and secure while they work? In what ways can I support and value my employees individually and as a group?

2. Promoting inclusivity and diversity in the workplace

Workplace inclusivity and diversity begins with the right mindset. It’s important to set opportunities for employees to be educated on multicultural understanding, as well as equality rights and ways that they can practice a culture of inclusivity in everyday work-life.

As an HR professional, particularly, it’s essential as well to make a conscious effort to work through cognitive biases in the hiring process. Awareness plays a huge role in combating biases, and taking the right measures such as excluding irrelevant information in the hiring process (i.e., age, sex, race, religion, etc.) go a long way in driving diversity in recruitment.

3. Driving equality of opportunity

In relation to the point above, hiring managers should also work through their biases when it comes to making decisions for career advancements. This is especially true for often-overlooked populations, such as women, working parents, minority groups, LGBTQ, persons of color, etc.

Facilitating an honest one-on-one conversation with aspiring talent is an important step in HR stewardship. Understanding an individual’s career goals better coupled with having the multicultural understanding of the person is essential to properly setting and managing expectations. Having a solid mentorship program or conducting skills workshops also provide good opportunities for employees not only to connect with others but also to set goals and hone their potential.

4. Promoting work-life balance

In today’s world where remote and flexible work arrangements are the new normal, it’s all the more important for HR professionals to introduce measures for work-life balance. Some of these include:

  • Encouraging managers to focus on productivity vs. hours
  • Encouraging daily break times
  • Regularly reviewing employee workload
  • Offering opportunities for volunteer work and other employee engagement activities

It’s important to acknowledge that employee needs vary and as mentioned, honest one-on-one conversations with your employees are key in knowing how to best support them.

The Value of Adaptability and Awareness in Driving Change

As managers, we know the importance of self-awareness. If you don’t know your strengths and weaknesses and how to build on or improve upon, then you aren’t in a position to empower change. The same applies to HR professionals in being able to change and reshape the new future. It essentially starts with being aware of your organization’s strengths and weaknesses, understanding its cultural makeup, knowing the individual needs of your employees, and aware of cognitive biases.

Don’t overlook the importance of keeping abreast with industry news and trends, especially in these uncertain times as we continue to battle COVID-19 and its after effects.

We at The QualiFind Group have a long track record of working with both domestic and multinational clients, and we’ve seen HR trends come and go. We recognize the importance of adaptability in driving not only change in HR practices but also in creating a more inclusive culture in the workplace. We pride ourselves in tailoring our recruitment and headhunting solutions for each of our client’s unique needs, with a particular focus on multicultural understanding.

If you’re looking into driving change in your recruitment processes, The QualiFind Group is your go-to resource. Contact us at https://www.qualifindgroup.com/en/contact/ to get started or reach out to me at: cacosta@qualifindgroup.com

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