This time of year many people are considering renovation projects around their home that they put off over this past winter. They are looking to update spaces, perhaps change how they utilize an area or their home. Some are looking to make small changes to make a room more inviting while other will be completing a complete demolition and rebuild, with the end result slated to look very different than how it first appeared.
It appears that the function of HR in many organizations is going through some renovations as well. In my experience, HR professionals are always preparing for change and what may come next in their field or the industry they support. Many professionals I have spoken with have noted the increasing movement towards the automation of many administrative HR functions. Robust HRIS options and advancements in talent management systems have reduced much of the administrative tasks that once burdened many HR departments. Information about current and potential employees is easily accessible and data analysis and reporting has become easier than ever.
With all this innovation in human resource administration, the question becomes, where does HR go from here? While there always has been, and always will be, a human aspect to human resources, much of the time spent for HR managers has been bogged down in administrative responsibilities. With the burden of admin work easing up, human resource professionals are now being called to do some what of renovation of their function in the organization.
This can be both an exciting and somewhat daunting proposition for HR leaders. Words like “strategic” and “profit center” are becoming more synonymous with human resources and expectations from stake holders are growing. In reality, these concept have always been a part of the HR function in my opinion. Only now it seems that HR professionals are finally able to dig out of the piles of paperwork that once hindered them to truly demonstrate their contributions and value to the bottom line. Now is the time for HR to renovate. Out with the old administrative tasks mentality and in with the shiny new strategic value. It’s all a matter of polishing up what’s been there all along—it was just buried under a pile of paperwork.