Whether you call it ‘human resources’ or the ‘people team’, it’s a department focused on everything to do with employees – in a far-reaching, multifaceted way that’s unlike any other part of your organisation.
And the fact that it’s been a hard few years for humanity, means it’s been a particularly challenging time for HR professionals. From handling the painful personnel administration of firing and furlough to planning a future-forward strategy, it’s made a difficult job even trickier.
It’s not surprising that 70% of HR employees say 2020 was up there with the most difficult years of their professional life, with 98% saying it changed the nature of their job.
That’s to be expected, as it involved navigating a lot of complicated situations: the move to full scale remote working, rounds of redundancies, furloughed employees, health concerns, grief, reluctance to return to the office… the list goes on.
There’s also the sense that the world of working has changed forever, which means the role of HR is still very much in flux.
After the great resignation, hiring and retention are more important than ever – with pressure on HR to present an attractive array of benefits. Creating an employee value proposition that brings in the best talent means considering the new needs and changing demands of the workforce, from prioritising inclusion and equality to providing wellbeing resources.
To provide the right EVP, and live up to their strategic destiny, HR professionals need to keep finding ways to connect with the C-suite. That means presenting data that backs up their arguments, and relating changes back to their business benefit – so there’s no good reason not to support their change propositions.
We’ve learnt from the past few years that an agile approach to business strategy is essential. That means making time to be reactive and future-focused, by automated and tech-enabling the things you don’t need to do manually. From admin functions, to employee surveys, tech will make that possible.
We built Qlearsite Foundation specifically for small businesses and budget-strapped teams. But beyond that, it’s designed for people who don’t have the time they desperately need – and for us, that’s the hardworking HR professionals who’ve kept organisations strong through the pandemic.
To be agile, adaptive, and future-focused, you need employee feedback. With faster, simpler surveys, we make that easy: