By Neal Rudnick, Business Solutions Consultant
The world of Human Resources has drastically evolved over the past 20 years. It has grown from a hub of record keeping, payroll and employee benefits administration for a company to a key contributor of adding value to the business’ goals and strategy.
Part of this shift has been made possible through more mobilized workforces and the ability to effectively leverage outsourcing. Lifting the responsibilities of some of the more traditional HR roles, such as recruiting, staffing, benefits and training, allows HR professionals to have a larger impact on the business as a whole—adding valuable strategic input through talent management and leadership development.This is a trend that has been gaining momentum and shaping the structure and responsibilities of HR departments across the board. Already, more than one half of HR professionals polled in a SHRM survey noted strategic planning as a top priority for their organization and identified it as a critical function of their jobs.
Where does your department fall on the path towards progress?
How to Get Your Department to the Greener Side of the HR Fence
Setting your department on a course towards more impactful, influential role in your organization is a crucial factor in attaining both individual and company-wide future success. As noted in the SHRM survey, 56% of HR professionals see strategic planning as a top priority, illustrating the growing majority of leaders in the industry who recognize the opportunities presented in this new form of HR.
But what does strategic planning mean for departments on a micro level? Each organization will capitalize on the resources they have on hand, however different they might be, and it can be easy to discourage your own progress by keeping tabs on how much greener the grass is on the other side of the fence.No matter the tools at your disposal, positioning your department as a key contributor to the business’s strategy and goals can often be less about quantifiable resources and more about your approach to the vision you have. And regardless of where you are on your path to improvement, keeping these few factors in mind can be all you need to keep the momentum going.
Taking small steps towards the bigger picture: Ways to start empowering your HR Department today
This is the most critical component of successfully empowering and expanding the role your HR Department plays in your organization. Talk can be cheap unless it is backed by results, so it is crucial to ensure that, once you get the ball rolling, you maintain the pace and follow through in regards to each of the above items.
In order to manage and maintain each piece of your evolving HR Department, a centralized document management system can be implemented to assist in the development of new, more efficient processes.
Document management systems can effectively cut down on clutter, empower you and your staff to better communicate within the department and with the rest of the organization, and effectively streamline processes. Having such a tool can also greatly improve your outlook on the efforts you are making, and give you the added confidence and conviction you need to keep moving forward.
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