In life and in business there are constant trends. But how many of those trends actually affect our lives long term? Most of them come and go, leaving only a humorous (or embarrassing) memory to recount to the incredulous generations to come. However, sometimes true innovation is disguised as a trend. The difference being, true innovations don’t go away. The HR field is no different. There are numerous trends which have come and gone. However, there’s a growing trend in HR circles which is beginning to feel a lot more like true innovation: single platform systems. Here are three reasons single platform systems are around to stay. READ MORE Single Platform HR Software: A Trend or Innovation?
Recent media coverage has promoted a new and relaxed style of workplace culture. Gone are the cubicles, the stodgily suits, and the endless rooms of files. These are new and exciting places to work, but are they realistic? On the other hand, you’ve seen assembly lines where it seems each worker’s hand motions are prescribed. Boring? Maybe, but industries such as these are able to churn out product with incredible efficiency. There tends to be two schools of thoughts on the correct approach to the workplace. One is geared toward creativity, the other towards efficiency. Perhaps a new approach is the correct one. A workplace which can strike a fair balance of both has the potential to unlock new levels of success. READ MORE Workplace Culture: Balancing Creativity and Efficiency
There are a number of ways your business could be at risk. One minute you’re generating revenue, the next you’re churning customers. Next you turn to downsizing departments and laying off employees. This, of course, leads to an increase in legal costs and challenges—a compliance nightmare. While we’re describing a worst-case scenario, the reality is running a business presents a number of different challenges.
If your business is growing, so too should your personnel. You need committed professionals on your team who can carry your vision forward with their expertise. When you’re lacking the time and resources not only to execute your own tasks, but also to locate and hire talent to support your venture, you likely don’t have the time to research what needs to change to support your business growth strategy.
Maximized productivity is one of the most desired, yet difficult tasks to master. If you’re overwhelmed with the number of tasks you’re responsible for and are losing control as a result, you’re not alone. “As many as 1 in 5 adults might be procrastinators,” says Larry Kim in a contribution to Inc. “…Whether your tendency to put things off is driven by anxiety, fear, or some other demotivator, it can be remedied.” While you may be quick to blame a lag in productivity on inefficient processes and organizational structure, there’s a misconception that motivation is purely defined by these factors alone. To maximize productivity in your workforce, human resources must focus on cultivating a culture of productivity.
“To deliver more value, the human resources function needs to spend more time accelerating operational improvement and less time on its traditional administrative and compliance activities,” writes Brad Power in an article entitled “Focus HR on Process Improvement,” in the Harvard Business Review. While HR has always been the face of benefits, compensation, compliance and other administrative tasks, today its role comprises much more. If your business is currently lacking the time and resources it needs to scale, turn to HR.
It’s no stretch to say that gaining momentum and market share is a clear sign of business growth. In today’s competitive business environment, however, it’s what you do with those early signs of growth that can determine where your business will be in the future and if that success will continue. In order to drive that business initiative you will need the right team to support your venture. While human resources alone does not drive business growth, it is an influential component for supporting and sustaining that growth.