Remember the “personnel department”?
The term sounds about as relevant in today’s workplace as a mimeograph machine.
Over the last 20 years, HR has undergone a fundamental transformation. The internet has dramatically altered the way we do business; strategies for attracting, managing and retaining human capital have evolved in kind.
What are the biggest changes HR has seen in recent decades? Today, PrideStaff takes a look at four factors that have transformed HR and made it more strategic:
Our workforce has become truly global. The advent of outsourcing, decentralization and telecommuting has made it possible to engage talent anywhere in the world. As operations become global, so must HR’s human capital acquisition and management strategies.
Technology has blurred the lines between home and work life. The traditional “9 to 5” job is largely a thing of the past. Employees find themselves connected to work all the time, with messages, information and conversations going on 24/7. Not surprisingly, overwork is becoming increasingly common, and helping workers maintain a healthy work/life balance has become a key priority for HR professionals.
Data drives decisions. HR managers used to manually comb through piles of workforce and productivity data, struggling to get a true handle on business performance. Now, HR has entered an era where “people data” is readily available, instantly providing relevant metrics to keep a real-time handle on productivity and other workforce issues. The HR organizations that learn how to leverage analytics will have distinct, long-term performance advantages.
Contingent work is the new normal. In decades past, “effective staffing” consisted of hiring the right number of full-time and part-time employees. In today’s operating environment, however, successful workforce management has become much more complex. Contingent staffing is on the rise, and Ardent Partners projects that by the end of 2017, non-employee and non-traditional talent will comprise 45% of the total workforce.
Reactionary hiring is no longer sufficient for addressing critical talent shortages and fluid workforce demands. HR must use contingent staff as a permanent part of their workforce strategy to help achieve business goals and objectives.
Transform your staffing function with PrideStaff.
As HR’s role continues to become more strategic, so should your approach to staffing. PrideStaff can help you use staffing strategically to reduce costs, increase productivity, control employment risks and ensure flexible access to the people your organization needs. To learn more, contact your local PrideStaff office today.